Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mae West: Sang Like Amelita

"MAE WEST in opera?" was the title on Wednesday, 20 February 1935.
• • Her latest picture is directed by Alexander Hall. And Hall did his part nobly. When everything was ready on the set, the lady who has made his world conscious of the fact that she is in charge shouted loudly for silence.
• • Then Mae began to sing. Three different arias came from her throat without a single false note.  Her latest heroine Cleo Borden has grown highbrow on us! Yup, it's a fact. While lying in bed the other night, the utterly curvaceous blonde suddenly decided, "Let's throw 'em an opera!"
• • After her number, Mae asked, "How am I doin'?"
• • And we heard that Mae received a round of applause strong enough to have delighted Amelita Galli-Curci.  . . .  Now that Mae's had this fling, her fans are wondering: will she turn to grand opera seriously? . . .
• • Source: The Daily Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina); published on Wednesday, 20 February 1935.
• • On Thursday, 20 February 1936 in Hollywood • •
• • There is a Joseph Breen PCA office memo, dated 20 February 1936, in the "Klondike Annie" PCA case file. Alas, Breen felt that Mae West was "censorable" and he never let up.
• • On Thursday, 20 February 1936 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette • •
• • Many newspapers including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on the script disputes and disagreements between Joe Breen and Mae West over "Klondike Annie" and these articles were published on 20 February 1936.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West said she thinks she is a narrow-minded woman. Well, we forgive her. It's the only place she is
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "You'll never catch me in pants."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New Orleans City Guide mentioned Mae West.
• • Tom Anderson's name is in tile on the corner of Iberville and Saratoga Streets, and Lulu White's name may still be seen cut in the glass transom of her palace at 235 Basin Street; but the palace is now a warehouse. When Beth Brown wrote "For Men Only" in 1930, her heroine, Lily Love, flourished in the whale-bone period, as did Mae West in her cinematic portrayal of another sporting house Lulu, in "Belle of the Nineties," which at first was to be called "Belle of New Orleans."   . . .
• • Source: The New Orleans City Guide; published in 1938 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2858th 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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