Friday, July 05, 2013

Mae West: Set 'em Screamin'!

The July 5th headline was fabulous: "MAE WEST: 77 and Still in the Shape That Set 'em Screamin'!"
• • Singapore-based readers got to enjoy this thoroughly delicious, long, and warm-hearted article when they opened their weekend issue of The Straits Times on Sunday, 5 July 1970. A short portion appears below.
• • "Mae West: 77 and Still in the Shape That Set 'em Screamin'!" • •
• • "Nudity's the Trend" • •
• • The Straits Times wrote: With diamonds on every finger and platinum hair loose and  long, Mae West came to town this week, and New York, the big sophisticated seen-it-all city went ga-ga.
• • At the Broadway premiere of "Myra Breckinridge," her first film since 1945, four thousand screaming fans broke the window theatre windows in a frantic attempt to glimpse her.
• • When she walked into the theatre — — shoulders thrown back and one youthful hand on her hip — — the audience stood on the seats and threw flowers at her.
• • I had seen and loved many of Mae's old movies — — which are now being shown on American TV — — but when an invitation arrived to meet her in person . . .
• • Source: Article printed on page 10 in The Straits Times; published on Sunday, 5 July 1970.
• • On Tuesday, 5 July 1932 in Variety • •
• • Casting problems caused delays for Paramount in the summer of 1932. As Mae waited to film her scenes with George Raft, as his former flame Maudie, offers came in for her to create material for others.  In their issue dated for Tuesday, 5 July 1932, Variety printed this headline: "Mae Mulls Sock Yarns for Marlene and Jean."
• • Mae demurred.  Years later, explaining the situation to a British reporter, she admitted to being reluctant.  "If I thought of something funny," said Mae, "I wasn't about to give it to them."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'm too young to play anybody's mother."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A New York Times columnist mentioned Mae West.
• • Richard F. Shepard wrote: The runners, divers and gymnasts who have been paying tribute to the human body in the Olympics have finally left ABC television, but homage to the body lingers at the network with ''Mae West,'' a two-hour drama about the actress and sex symbol of her day. The program starts tonight at 9.
• • Richard F. Shepard continued: ''Mae West'' was originally seen in 1982, long enough ago in these fast-moving times to almost qualify the show as a revival rather than as another summer rerun. It is reasonable programming, a show about a torrid actress in matching weather. ...
• • Source: Article: "'Mae West' — 1982 Drama with Ann Jillian" written by Richard F. Shepard for N.Y. Times; published on Tuesday, 14 August 1984
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2686th 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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