Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mae West: "I'm a Saint"

MAE WEST's wit wanders through a recent free verse collection. Yes, it's true.
• • Poet Robert Peake wrote: Annette Spaulding-Convy's "In Broken Latin" [University of Arkansas Press, 2012] addresses the female body in service to a calling — — first as a nun, then as a mother. Each section of Annette Spaulding-Convy's collection is prefaced by pairing a quote from a female saint with a quote from a "bad girl" such as Mae West or Sylvia Plath. ...
• • You'll have to pick up a copy and see which saint or martyr is matched up with the screen siren. In her time, Mae wrote poems, too, including her amusing ballad in rhymed stanzas about a feared prison matron, published in Liberty Magazine in 1927.
• • On Monday, 20 June 1932 • •
• • Eleanor Barnes, a columnist for the Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News wrote this: Mae West — — big and buxom — — no indeed, svelte and blonde, blew in on the Chief from New York, tired, not cranky, but peeved at the Great American desert for providing her with weather that was too torrid for even Mae to work in. "Diamond Lil" has yet to see a movie studio first-hand. She has never even seen a talkie made — — even in Gotham. But this oversight will be a thing of the past today when Mae gets over to Paramount studios where she is to play the leading role in "Night After Night." ... 
• • Her coverage was published on Monday, 20 June 1932 in the Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News.
• • On Saturday, 20 June 2009 in Iowa • •
• • Mae West's play "The Drag" was back onstage on Saturday night, 20 June 2009, thanks to Dreamwell Theatre in Iowa.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Let 'em talk. It’s good for business.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article from a British correspondent mentioned Mae West. Columnist Greville Bain's "Cinema Chronicle" discussed all of her up-coming motion pictures.
• • "Mae West to Play 'I'm a Saint'" • •
• • (By Air Mail From London) • •
• • Greville Bain wrote: Whatever one may think of Miss Mae West, every one must admit that she is irrepressible, although a little while ago there was a prediction that she had almost run her course, then the matter of years was raised against her. There were rumours of marriage a quarter of a century ago, but Miss West denied the marriage and repudiated the husband.
• • Greville Bain added: There is no need to accept Miss West as a mere girl in order to be convinced of the abounding life in her. Her peculiar crawling walk is as much suggestive of vitality as is the stride of Katharine Hepburn. Her personality may be too marked to be various, but she will not stereotype her roles, and the latest news is that she will appear as a religious leader. The title chosen for the projected picture is "Hallelujah, I'm a Saint."
• • Greville Bain continued: This shows that Miss West is capable of attempting anything. One cannot imagine her as the inspirer of a new hot-gospelling movement even in California. Miss West's cynicism is a thing which she wears as obviously as she wears her diamonds. "I'm a Saint" seems to be a strange corrective to "I'm No Angel." ...
• • Source: Article printed in syndication and featured in The Queenslander (Brisbane); published on Thursday, 20 June 1935
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