Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mae West: A Turn-Away Event

MAE WEST became a symbol of rebellious youth in 1968. 
• • In mid-February, the "cinema fraternity" of the University of Southern California held a special event in her honor. Variety covered this happening, reporting in their issue dated for Tuesday, 13 February 1968.
• • "A turn-away event" • •
• • Delta Kappa Alpha hosted this unique affair on campus in the Town and Gown building. About 88 attendees made it inside including George Cukor, Mervyn Le Roy, Jimmy Stewart, and Robert Wise.
• • For nearly an hour, Mae West addressed the audience from a set designed to resemble a lady's boudoir. In closing she thanked the gathering for their riotous applause and "heavy breathing."
• • Covering the extravaganza for The Hollywood Reporter, James Bacon noted: "Up come the house lights and there's three USC All-Americans around the bed in a huddle ... O.J. Simpson among them. ... The huddle broke and there was Mae on the bed. Where else? ..."
• • Source: Article by James Bacon for The Hollywood Reporter; published on Tuesday, 13 February 1968.
• • On Sunday, 13 February 1927 • •
• • Mae West was making headlines on this date. Don't you wish you knew how she felt about being on the front cover of The New York Times at the center of a scandal?
• • On Sunday 13 February 1927, The N.Y. Times ran these headlines:
• • One ["The Virgin Man"] Expiring, Is Brought Back to Life by Police Campaign — — May Seek Bigger Theatre.
• • PRODUCER DROPS "THE DRAG" — — No Further Effort Will Be Made to Present It, He Declares.
• • Source: New York Times, page 1, column 4; published on Sunday, 13 February 1927.
• • But eleven days earlier, "The Drag" was far from dead.
• • On Saturday, 13 February 1971 • •
• • Mae West was the cover girl on Nieuwe Revu (in the Netherlands), a magazine dated for Saturday, 13 February 1971, Issue No. 8.
• • On Sunday, 13 February 2000 • •
• • Vincent Canby looked back on the career of Mae West in an article "Mae West, Still There for Us to Come Up and See" published in mid-February in The New York Times [Sunday, 13 February 2000] and focused on her sexpot image in "My Little Chickadee," released in the USA on 15 March 1940.
• • N.Y. Times critic Vincent Canby wrote: When Mae went to Hollywood, her good humor and bold assumption of sexual authority, coupled with her raunchy aphorisms of Wildean balance, transformed her into one of the world's biggest box-office attractions. She was also the reason Hollywood overhauled the Production Code, the apparatus by which the industry censored its own material, in this way to combat the new licentiousness represented by little Mae. ...
• • On Tuesday, 13 February 2001 • •
• • This book, featuring Mae West, was published on Tuesday, 13 February 2001: "Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World" written by Claudia Roth Pierpont [NY: Vintage, February 2001].
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "He said over at the Mission, he'd make a saint of Diamond Lil./ Did he say when I looked at him, I gave his tambourine a thrill?" [from the prologue for an unused script written by Mae West]
• • Mae West said: "I'm getting the highest salary yet paid."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New York Times mentioned Mae West.
• • Maureen Dowd wrote: In "My Little Chickadee," Mae West rolls her hips and eyes and goes with arithmetic. "A man has $100 and you leave him with $2," she lectures a class of schoolchildren. "That's subtraction." ...
• • Source: "Love Lit 101" written by Maureen Dowd for The New York Times; published on Sunday, 13 February 2005 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2576th 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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• • Mae West 1969 by Mike Childers
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