Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Mae West: Yessed

On April 8th MAE WEST offered her fans the secret of her success.
• • "Mae West Said She Was a Hit Because Director 'Yessed' Her" • •
• • Blond Mae West says she became a star because she had her own way when her director said "yes'' and "yes" and "yes." And she swaggers, she asserts, because she just had to attract attention to herself some way. That was years ago.  ...
• • Source: Caption under a photo of Mae West (on page 10) in The Scranton Republican (Scranton, Pennsylvania); published on Saturday, 8 April 1933.
• • On Wednesday, 8 April 2009 in The L.A. Times • •
• • This obituary was printed on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 in The L.A. Times: Bodybuilding pioneer, ex-Hawaii resident Armand Tanny, 90, dies.
• • L.A. Times reporter Jon Thurber wrote: Armand Tanny, a pioneering figure in bodybuilding who won national titles in 1949 and 1950 and was a popular figure on the original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., during its heyday in the 1940s, has died. He was 90. . . .
• • L.A. Times reporter Jon Thurber wrote: During the 1950s, he was one of the original nine bodybuilders from Muscle Beach who were part of Mae West's traveling nightclub act. According to the book "Remembering Muscle Beach," by Harold Zinkin with Bonnie Hearn-Hill (Angel City Press, 1999), the nine were known as Mae's Muscle Beach Men. Also in the group were prominent bodybuilders Joe Gold, George Eiferman, Richard DuBois, Harry Schwartz, Dom Juliano, Lester "Shifty" Schaefer, Irvin "Zabo" Koszewski, and Chuck Krauser.
• • According to Hearn-Hill, Armand Tanny organized a strike with Joe Gold when Mae West cut their salaries in half from $250 a week to boost the take at a New York club. "Armand and Joe were ready to board the plane," Hearn-Hill told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. "Mae quickly caved in, and they got their full salaries." .
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Actress and director Eva Le Gallienne [11 January 1899 — 3 June 1991] echoes my earliest thoughts on Mae West: "A satirist laughing at the absurdities of sex rather than identifying herself with them as the more saccharine sort of film ladies do."
• • Mae West's a gorgeous comedienne, blasphemous to Hollywood in her burlesque of its glorification of sex.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I avoid anything that's going to upset me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The San Diego Union-Tribune mentioned Mae West
• • George Varga explained: Back in the second half of the 1960s, it became almost mandatory for pre-rock 'n' roll pop and film stars to add a song by The Beatles to their repertoire — — usually in futile effort to appear "hip" and "with it." From Frank Sinatra to Bing Crosby, and from Mae West to George Burns, the list is a long and sometimes eye-popping one.  . . .
• • Source:  article in The San Diego Union-Tribune; published on Thursday, 3 April 2014
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2887th 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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• • Mae West in 1933

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