Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mae West: Outwitted by Weintraub

Eventually, MAE WEST lost her enthusiasm for the book by Joseph Weintraub called "The Wit and Wisdom of Mae West." He was making money, she reasoned, thanks to her witticisms and her rare photos. Is that fair?
• • Joseph Weintraub's slim hardcover was reviewed in The Spirit (Number 12) in February 1976.
• • On Friday, 12 February 1943 • •
• • Mae West wrote numerous letters to her fans. Here's what she wrote on Friday, 12 February 1943, from a rare letter to a fan that was preserved in her archives.
• • Dear Mr. Jackson-Craig:
• • No one could help being moved by your always beautiful letters and the fineness of the sentiment they express. The most recent of your letters presents a problem, however, that cannot, I am afraid, be solved in the way that you wish. ... A life such as mine is anything but simple. ...
• • Curious? In another post, you might learn more about this intriguing letter from 1943.
• • On Saturday, 12 February 1949 in Billboard • •
• • Saturday night with Mae West as Diamond Lil at the Coronet Theatre, wow.  
• • Billboard reviewer Bob Francis was in the crowd on her opening night (5 February 1949) and recorded his fascinations in a lengthy, generously detailed piece that was printed the following week on Saturday, 12 February 1949 in Billboard Magazine. Critic Bob Francis had an exceptional perspective, since he had seen the show at the Royale Theatre in 1928, too.
• • Photo: This is the scene where Lil shows her new photographs to Rita and Pablo, beginning a serious flirtation with the South American gigolo. 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Shame! No nutty nationalist, I find no fault with the nominations except they did not include that sturdiest, acting-est American, Mae West, who, incidentally, seems to be the choice of foreigners in the land of Bernhardt, the land of Duse, and even in the land of West, if box-office votes are any criteria.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It wasn't what I did, but how I did it. Well, everybody knows how I did it. I've got more imitators than anyone else, so they know. A lot of gay boys imitate me." 
• • Mae West said: “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Pottstown Mercury (Pottstown, PA) mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West had numerous things to say about politics.
• • At this point Mae’s voice shaded down to a stage whisper.
• • "Of course,” said the comedienne, with a wide grin, "there may be one drawback to a government controlled by women. The State Department might have to fold up and international diplomacy might just as easily collapse. For how many women can keep a secret?” . . .
• • Source: Pottstown Mercury; published on Monday, 10 February 1936
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2852nd 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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