Monday, December 30, 2013

Mae West: Indelible That Persona

Never a dull moment with MAE WEST.
• • In December 2006, The Los Angeles Times critic Martin Rubin wrote: The trouble with writing a biography of someone like Mae West is that her image is not only larger than life, it's also big enough to dwarf the portrait you are trying to create. For most of her life, unto the very brink of the grave, Mae was engaged in imprinting that image of the sexiest of sexy women. Every action, every word, every gesture, off screen and on, seemed to be devoted to making indelible that persona. ...• • Photo: Posing for one of Paramount's photographers.
• • On Monday, 30 December 1912 • •
• • On Monday, 30 December 1912 the singing comedienne was giving a double performance at 7:30 PM and at 11:00 PM at B.F. Keith's Union Square Theatre on Fourteenth Street in New York, NY. Featured on the bill, along with the 19-year-old hopeful, was a great deal of variety. Britain's Laddie Cliff offered new songs and eccentric dances; Phina and company entertained; Alfredo (wandering wizard of the violin) played; Asaki presented his juggling act, so popular in Japan; and gymnasts Lydia and Albino did . . . something.
• • On Saturday, 30 December 1933 • •
• • Picturegoer, a British publication sold in movie houses, ran a three part series: "Making Love to Mae West." The first installment ran on 10 December 1933, it continued on Saturday, 30 December 1993, and the final portion appeared on 6 January 1934.
• • Cary Grant's byline appeared. The actor either wrote it or (perhaps) merely signed it.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The report that Miss Katharine Hepburn was a debutante in New York's exclusive "Four Hundred" appears equally libelous. This also seems to have been the unhappy Mae West, who on being given the bum's rush to Blackwell's Island following her debut in "Sex," became, ipso facto, a member of the East River — Sutton Place set with whom she exchanged the morning "yoo-hoos!" across stream. 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Probably the sort of thing that I present on the screen is just what the folks need these days."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Jewish Week mentioned Mae West.
• • In an interview, Barbara Kahn told The Jewish Week that her initial focus in writing the play “Island Girls,” co-written with Noelle Lusane, was on Eve Adams and actress Mae West, who was imprisoned along with her, albeit for a much briefer period of time — — eight days as opposed to 18 months. But because Mae West’s life and career are so much better known, Kahn decided to keep the spotlight on Adams.  ...
• • Source: Article in The Jewish Week; published on Tuesday, 24 December 2013
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2820th 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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