Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mae West: Personal Mail

MAE WEST wrote numerous letters to her fans. Here's what she wrote on Friday, 12 February 1943.
• • Dear Mr. Jackson-Craig:
• • No one could help being moved by your always beautiful letters and the fineness of the sentiment they express. The most recent of your letters presents a problem, however, that cannot, I am afraid, be solved in the way that you wish. ... A life such as mine is anything but simple. ...
• • Curious? In another post, you'll learn more about this intriguing letter from 1943.
• • On Saturday, 12 February 1949 in Billboard • •
• • Saturday night with Mae West as Diamond Lil at the Coronet Theatre, wow. Billboard reviewer Bob Francis was in the crowd on her opening night (5 February 1949) and recorded his fascinations in a lengthy, generously detailed piece that was printed the following week on Saturday, 12 February 1949 in Billboard Magazine. Bob Francis had an exceptional perspective, since he had seen the show in 1928, too.
• • A Salute to 1933 • •
• • New York City's premiere movie house Film Forum is presenting a gold rush that is one month long — —  mining the best motion pictures from 1933. This four-week festival will run from Friday, 8 February 2013 — through Thursday, 7 March 2013. Mae West will be on hand. Stay tuned for the next announcement of when you can come up to see Mae on Houston Street.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Friends stay sometimes, but mostly at my beach house. It's got 22 rooms, eight bedrooms with bathrooms."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on costume designer Zelda Wynn Valdes mentioned Mae West.
• • Julee Wilson wrote: THE MAJOR MOMENT: Zelda Wynn Valdes [28 June 1905 — 26 September 2001] was revered for her design talent and best known for her skill in highlighting the female body. Her curve-hugging creations were worn and loved by a host of Hollywood's biggest starlets during the 1940s and 1950s, including Mae West, Joyce Bryant, Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald and others. The Pennsylvania-native's key role in glamorizing these women caught the attention of Playboy's Hugh Hefner and he commissioned Zelda to design the first-ever Playboy Bunny costumes.  ...
• • Source: Article: "Zelda Wynn Valdes: Black Fashion Designer" written by Julee Wilson for the HuffPost; posted on Thursday, 7 February 2013 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2575th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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