Friday, May 09, 2014

Mae West: Did She Do It?

MAE WEST, millinery maven and style icon, was being talked about on Sunday, 10 May 1964.
• • "Is fashion reviving those Mae West curves?" • •  
• • Camellias and white satin and fox fur all add up to summer's "Gentle Woman Look" — — but where do the necklines fit in?
• • Did someone say Mae West? There just might be a smile on the lady's face as she sees the way the fashion pendulum is pointing — — not just "the plunge," but all the way to WOMAN. In a recent interview about current styles and fashion, Mae West is quoted as saying, "I don't like fashions that are mostly straight lines. A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but I got there quicker with curves. ..."
• • The trend really all started last fall ... the Great Plunge.  .... One buyer added, "You see, the ladies do, too, want them . . . the men love them . . . and the designers are working like crazy to turn them out."  ...
• • Source:  Article in The Salt Lake Tribune; published on Sunday, 10 May 1964.
• • On Sunday, 9 May 1937 in The L.A. Times • •
• • Usually supportive of Mae, Sidney Skolsky vented his frustrations in The Los Angeles Times on Sunday, 9 May 1937.  Skolsky wrote about the perfidiousness of Mae's denials when "she insisted that she was leveling with the press when she told them she had never been married to Frank Wallace."  He said he did not trust Mae any longer. 
• • Ah, those pesky retractions about husbands and trips to the altar. Why did she do it?
• • On Monday, 9 May 2005 in Playbill • •
• • On Monday, 9 May 2005, Broadway buffs learned that Diamond Lil's theatre was to be renamed.  Mae West's play "Diamond Lil" was a huge hit for the Royale in 1928. However, on May 9th in New York City, the Plymouth and the Royale were re-dedicated as the Schoenfeld and Jacobs Theatres.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Yeah, I know what you will say: "Why, look at Mae West. She is the sexiest woman who ever appeared on the shadow stage and the customers are going to see her until the S.R.O. sign is hung out." And to that I will answer: "Yeah, and there is only one Mae West." 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "There's just one thing I don't tolerate in a man. He mustn't be argumentative. I can't stand arguments.  And once a man tries it on me — — well, he's finished, though he doesn't know it at the time. Apart from that . . .  men are swell."
• • Asked if she liked clothing by Christian Dior, Mae West said: "I think Dior looks good on Dior."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New Movie Magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • "I'm No Angel" another grand vehicle for Mae West. Theaters will probably be bringing this back for a second and third showing just as they did with the hit-of-the-year — — "She Done Him Wrong."   ...
• • Source:  The New Movie Magazine; published in December 1933
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2910th 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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