Thursday, February 06, 2014

Mae West: Flouted Convention

"MAE WEST for Tivoli" was a headline on February 6th. Let's investigate, shall we?
• • For years Mae West, a Broadway star, appearing in stage productions, has been the favourite of millions of comedy lovers. Now she has taken to the screen, and as a result of one picture is an internationally popular star; her styles are copied, her wit is repeated, and her curves are emulated by women the world over. Before she took to the screen, feminine style had been moulded on slim and willowy figures.
• • One look at Mae West, and the world of women decided to be billowy and well shaped. Curves have come back with a rush.
• • "Mae flouted film convention" • •
• • "There's something substantial in a person of good proportions," says Mae West, and she flouted film convention by declining to get off poundage to make her first starring picture "She Done Him Wrong." Her fashion has set a new vogue in films. Mae West will be seen at the Tivoli next Friday in "She Done Him Wrong," and is certain of a hearty reception.
• • Source: Article: "Mae West for Tivoli" in The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Queensland); published on Tuesday, 6 February 1934.
• • On Monday, 6 February 1928 • •
• • Mae West mailed her manuscript for "Diamond Lil" to the Library of Congress from the Harding Hotel, West 54th Street, New York, NY. The date of her Washington, DC copyright registration is Monday, 6 February 1928. The play opened on Broadway in April 1928.
• • On Friday, 6 February 2004 • •
• • An article about the full-length play "Courting Mae West" was written by Max Gross and was published in New York City in The Forward on 6 February 2004.
• • On Friday, 6 February 2009 • •
• • On Friday, 6 February 2009, a sparkling new print of "I'm No Angel" opened the 1930s series "Breadlines and Champagne," which was scheduled to run from Friday February 6th through March 5, 2009 at the Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10014.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, he declared, is the typical "vital woman" but ''she must guard against becoming overweight. She should go in strongly for salads and fruit juices. Miss Katharine Hepburn, under-nourished, needs building up," added Herr Benjamin P. Hauser.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I am really two people. I had to write all my plays and screenplays. I told Paramount to write material for me, just let me be the star. But Adolph Zukor (then head of Paramount) said I knew what the public wanted better than he did."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New Movie Magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • George F. Worts wrote: But as long as there are Greta Garbos, Jean Harlows and Mae Wests, the Hollywood blonde will remain a blonde — and Hollywood.
• • In a ten-minute walk, I will see one Mae West blonde per block — the large black hat, the high voluptuous bosom....
• • Source: Article: "The Most Exciting Street on Earth" for The New Movie Magazine; issue dated for January 1935 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2848th 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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