Friday, March 08, 2013

Mae West: Into Society

"MAE WEST Gets into Society" was the headline of an article published on March 7th.
• • The Daily News wrote: A vehicle which suits admirably, the type of character portraiture made famous by Mae West is 'Now I'm a Lady,' which heads the current programme at the Grand Theatre.
• • The Daily News wrote: The story abounds in colorful situations, combining plenty of excitement with a generous variety of situations which, together with a liberal dose of those broad witticisms which the Americans describe as wisecracks, help make the picture an entertaining one. Mae West secures another success in this picture — — in her characterisation of the miner's wife, who eventually finds herself a countess, mingling with high society. She even appears in grand opera and sings the famous aria of Delilah, 'Softly Awakes My Heart.' Paul Cavanagh and Gilbert Emery play good supporting roles. ...
• • Source: "Mae West Gets into Society" in The Daily News (Perth); published on Saturday, 7 March 1936.
• • On Wednesday, 8 March 1978 • •
• • Mae West was discussed in a few news items prepared for Variety Magazine's issue dated for Wednesday, 8 March 1978.
• • On Monday, 8 March 2004 in The L.A. Times • •
• • Kevin Thomas's article "A beguiling mixture of daring and dignity" appeared in The L.A. Times on Monday, 8 March 2004. The L.A. Times Staff Writer and venerable movie critic wrote: Mae West, whom I came to know well in the last decades of her life, was a truly daring performer — — a suggestive dancer and singer who discovered the shimmy in Chicago clubs and a playwright who dealt with prostitution and homosexuality. But at heart she was a lady, which is precisely why she could get away with so much when she combined a split-second timing and the famous quips that made her one of the most quoted performing artists of all time. Her innate dignity and ironclad self-confidence allowed her to be breathtakingly direct with a man who attracted her, but at the same time she valued privacy and took pains to preserve hers, which only added to her mystique.
• • Kevin Thomas continued: West was a "tough girl" in her vaudeville acts and loved to push the envelope in her singing and dancing, but evidence suggests that offstage, she did not behave in a boisterous manner. She was even described by a neighbor as a young woman who liked to stay home with her mother. This is not to say that West wasn't always a strong, determined woman prepared to stand up for herself and wasn't always fast with a comeback. ...
• • On Sunday, 8 March 2009 in The Buffalo News • •
• • In her enjoyable article "Wisecracking West was clearly a figure to be reckoned with," Carol Crissey Nigrelli ran with this first paragraph: Mae West reigns as one of the great architectural wonders of the 20th century. Her zaftig figure inspired legions of late-night comics and female impersonators. Fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who badly misjudged the actress' tiny waist measurement, made up for some ill-fitting dresses by creating a perfume bottle in Mae West's shape. ...
• • In case you missed it, Carol Crissey Nigrelli's article was published in The Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY) on Sunday, 8 March 2009.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'm very boring in real life. So I made up the walk and the talk."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in the Manila Standard mentioned Mae West.
• • Karenina Yaptinchay wrote: If I may quote Mae West’s famous line – "I am single because I was born that way." She cannot be more right. We were all born single and if we are destined to find a partner, we later evolve into one-half of a couple. ...
• • Source: Article "Singles" written by Karenina Yaptinchay for Manila Standard; published on Thursday, 8 March 2001
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2599th 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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