Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mae West: Tips

MAE WEST's producer died during February. On Monday, 10 February 1958, an article appeared on page 6 of The Austin Daily Herald.
• • "Moviemaker Dies in Santa Monica, California" • •
• • William LeBaron, 75, pioneer moviemaker who produced the Mae West films, died in St. John's Hospital yesterday. He had been under treatment for a heart condition.
• • William LeBaron [16 February 1883 — 9 February 1958] • •
• • "A La Broadway" was written by William LeBaron. Neither the 28-year-old LeBaron nor the 18-year-old ingenue Mae West could suspect how important they would become to each other's careers, but they were meant to click. Why? Because William LeBaron appreciated a laughmeister who could improve on a role. And Mae West loved to polish a line 'til it glowed.
• • When he was a producer at RKO, LeBaron won an Oscar for Best Picture 1930 — 1931: "Cimarron."
• • When he was at Paramount, LeBaron was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture 1932 — 1933: "She Done Him Wrong."
• • With the departure of Ernst Lubitsch, LeBaron became Paramount's chief of production in 1936, a post he held until 1941. Five years later, he set up an independent unit at 20th Century-Fox. William LeBaron's final production, released through United Artists, was the motion picture "Carnegie Hall" [1947].
• • A heart attack in Santa Monica finished off LeBaron in the month of February — — on Sunday, 9 February 1958. He was 74.
• • 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.
• • On Friday, 10 February 1933 • •
• • A news item about "She Done Him Wrong" popped up on page 7 in Film Daily on Friday, 10 February 1933. Other publications covered the Mae West hit as well.
• • An article on "She Done Him Wrong" was published in The New York Times on Friday, 10 February 1933.
• • Signed with the byline A. D. S., The New York Times reviewer described Mae's character Lady Lou as a woman "whose heart is bigger than her sense of decorum."
• • On Monday, 10 February 1936 in Hollywood • •
• • Joseph Breen wrote to Paramount Pictures about Mae West and "Klondike Annie" several times before he agreed on Monday, 10 February 1936 to the film's release.
• • On Tuesday, 10 February 2009 • •
• • A book about Mae West "She Always Knew How: Mae West, A Personal Biography" by Charlotte Chandler was published in its hardcover edition (336 pages) by Simon and Schuster on 10 February 2009.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "In my pictures I never took a man from another woman or pursued another woman's husband. That was all part of my plan to keep women audiences happy."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • "Mae West's Tips to Wives" • •
• • This was an interesting feature published in newspapers on Saturday, 10 February 1945. "Get into shape — — good shape," Mae urged the ladies. "Build up surplus vitality, you'll need it. Be as attractive as possible, be cheerful, happy, and inviting. Above all, don't nag him," Mae advised. "You have everything Continental that other women have — — only show him you have more of it." ...
• • Actresses Jane Wyatt, Cornelia Otis Skinner, and Tallulah Bankhead were also interviewed, but Mae had much more to say to married women (which is why her name was in the headline: "Mae West's Tips to Wives.") 
• • Source: Article: "Mae West's Tips to Wives" was printed in Australia's Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW) on page 7 in syndication; published on Saturday, 10 February 1945
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2573rd 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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