London fans of MAE WEST were reading about a weighty matter in January.
• • "Hollywood Is Going West" • •
• • The Sunday Mail wrote: Every director in Hollywood is urging his beauty chorus to put on weight. The box-office draw of the Mae West curves have made the film magnates realise that the day of the 'thin-as-a-rake' figure is over as far as the screen is concerned. Milk is being served out to the girls between 'sets,' and at least four rich meals a day, and plenty of butter and eggs are compulsory. ...
• • Also it is said that Mae West has refused an offer (believed to involve a 'sensational' sum) to appear in a British film.
• • Source: "Behind the Screen" for London's Sunday Mail; published on Thursday, 4 January 1934.
• • On Monday, 27 January 1930 in The Brooklyn Eagle • •
• • The death of Matilda Delker West was reported in The Brooklyn Eagle on Monday, 27 January 1930. A heartbreaking loss for her daughter Mae, who was born and bred in Brooklyn, where her mother introduced her to the vaudeville circuit.
• • On Friday, 27 January 1933 in the USA • •
• • The red carpet premiere of "She Done Him Wrong" took place in Hollywood on Friday, 27 January 1933. What a great day for Mae West.
• • On Thursday, 27 January 1938 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • Frank S. Nugent, The Times man on the aisle, gave his review of "Every Day's a Holiday" on page 17 [N.Y. Times on 27 January 1938]. Nugent didn't care for the motion picture per se but seemed to appreciate the live music played by Benny Goodman and his orchestra that was part of the New York Paramount Theatre's stage show.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Goin' to Town" will please Mae West fans aplenty. It is loaded with wisecracks and Mae fires them frequently. She gets her man and this time he is no less than a member of the English nobility in the person of Paul Cavanaugh.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Virtue has its own reward, but has no sale at the box office."
• • Mae West said: "I think it's time I should do a little censoring of some of the stories going the rounds about me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Kadina and Wallaroo Times quoted Mae West.
• • "Mae West — The Queen of Repartee" • •
• • "Where did the report start that you are twenty-three years of age, Miss West?"
• • "That's a job for a private detective."
• • "Why do you build yourself up to look hefty?"
• • "The answer to that is the question: what happens to your sex appeal if you look anaemic?" ...
• • Source: The Kadina and Wallaroo Times; published on Wednesday, 26 September 1934
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