Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Mae West: Arbus in Focus

MAE WEST was angry with photographer Diane Arbus.
• • A new exhibition at Fraenkel Gallery (49 Geary, San Francisco, Calif.), "Diane Arbus: 1971—1956," brings her tortured vision and visual contradictions back into focus.
• • In his article for SF Weekly, Jonathan Curiel discusses some of the difficulties Arbus dealt with:  Written almost two decades after Patricia Bosworth's meticulously reported "Diane Arbus: A Biography," William Todd Schultz's book examines the research on Arbus and features original interviews (most notably with Arbus' psychotherapist, Helen Boigon) to conclude that Arbus was a mess. A brilliant, depressed mess who, at the end of her life, slept with many of the strangers she photographed, and bullied and connived subjects into posturing a certain way.  After Mae West saw Diane Arbus' photos of her in the celebrity magazine Show (one shot had West posing defensively in a chair, another had West in bed with a monkey), she was livid. "Cruel" is how West's lawyers termed the photo-spread in a letter to Show's publisher that threatened a lawsuit, Bosworth reported. ...
• • Source: Article: "The Glow of Celebrity: Diane Arbus Caught Every Uncomfortable Moment of Life Until Her Last" written by Jonathan Curiel for SF Weekly; published on Wednesday, 4 December 2013.
• • On Sunday, 4 December 1932 • •
• • It's more than amusing that Billy Sunday chose a Sunday to pay a visit to Mae West with his wife. On 4 December 1932, Mr. and Mrs. Sunday took photographs on the set of "She Done Him Wrong." Billy is pretending to smash the set's saloon in some candids. Too funny.
• • Born into poverty in Story County, Iowa, William Ashley "Billy" Sunday [19 November 1862 — 6 November 1935] was an athlete who became a popular outfielder in baseball's National League during the 1880s. Afterwards, Sunday became the most celebrated and influential Christian evangelist during the first two decades of the 20th century.
• • On Monday, 4 December 1933 • •
• • Motion Picture Herald ran an article on Mae West, who had been robbed, in the issue dated for Monday, 4 December 1933.
• • On Monday, 4 December 1978 • •
• • Hollywood icon Mae West, still surrounded by young and handsome men and gorgeous bodybuilders, piqued the interest of the editors of People Magazine. They did a piece on "Sextette" in the issue dated for Monday, 4 December 1978.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Says Hollywood Reporter: "Order big letters to spell out his name: 'GEORGE RAFT'! In 'Night After Night' he is THE Picture... With great entertainment to back him up! And the one and only Mae West in her first screen appearance. She is a riot!"
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I did not change my way of life. I harmed no one. I had a philosophy, an idea of how to live fully and in my way.  I believed in it as fully and as strongly as I believed in being an American."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about Hollywood movies mentioned Mae West.
• • Film Daily's West Coast columnist wrote: Hollywood — Mae West, the Broadway actress recently signed by Paramount, will make her first screen appearance as a contract player in "Honky Tonk," an adaptation of the stage play written by herself. Lowell Sherman is to film the production, which is being scenarized by John Bright.  ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West to Star" printed in The Film Daily; published on Saturday, 29 October 1932
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2802nd 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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