This intriguing headline appeared on March 14th: "MAE WEST Knows Just How Santa Feels about Letters." What's the big reveal then? Let's explore together.
• • Hollywood, Calif. — United Press — The blonde film star gets many letters requesting gifts as an endorsement or as a result of excessive appreciation.
• • Along with the customary pleas for autographed pictures, Mae gets some rather direct requests like this one: "Can I have some of the dresses you wore in your last picture?"
• • A fearless fan from Atlanta, Georgia once wrote to Mae about her intimate apparel: "You are about the same build as I am. So I wondered if you would send me one of your corsets. ..."
• • Source: syndicated column rpt on page 2 in The Paris News (Paris, Texas); published on Thursday, 14 March 1935.
• • On Saturday, 14 March 1936 in Motion Picture Herald • •
• • An article about "Klondike Annie" (and the censorship battles over the film) was featured in Motion Picture Herald in their issue dated for 14 March 1936.
• • On Sunday, 14 March 1937 • •
• • It was Sunday, 14 March 1937 when Mae West signed a check (number 581) from her account at California Bank to Mr. William Mutara for his salary for the week of March 14th, 1937; the amount was $24.75. This check was sold to a collector for $96.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Maybe Mae West had a yen for Paul Cavanagh [8 December 1888 — 15 March 1964], and maybe we're wrong. If we're right, then condolences are in order, on account of Paul and Paula Stone seem to be pretty much wrapped up in each other these balmy summer evenings.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "If you select your characters and the atmosphere in which they live with sufficient care, you don't have to use much imagination to make them colourful or their story interesting. " (In newspaper language, you don't "write them up." Instead you "write them down.")
• • Mae West said: "You really have to tone them and their actions down and make the characters less sensationaI than they actually are in order to make them believable."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Coronado Island News mentioned Mae West.
• • Joe Ditler wrote: Her grand opening took place May 7, 1932, in anticipation of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, and the hope they would attract tens of thousands of people to gambling ship row. She was moored three miles offshore of Long Beach, with two other gambling ships of the fleet. ...
• • Joe Ditler wrote: Games of chance on board the "sin ship" included dice tables, blackjack tables, roulette tables and wheels, chuck-a-luck and Chinese lottery, poker games and slot machines. And gambling on fights and horse racing took place through new wireless devices on board. Dice were either weighted or edged to increase the house odds, and were etched with the name of the ship.
• • Joe Ditler wrote: Monte Carlo was towed from Long Beach to San Diego in 1936, and anchored three miles offshore. For eight months she operated with slightly less success than she had seen in Long Beach, despite visits from such Hollywood personalities as Mae West and Clark Gable. On November 1, after hosting a gala party on board, Monte Carlo closed for the winter. ...
• • Source: Article: "Mystery of Shipwreck Monte Carlo Continues to Unfold" written by Joe Ditler for Coronado Island News; published on Wednesday, 5 March 2014
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