Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Mae West: Laughing Sex

MAE WEST was the topic of Hedda Hopper's Hollywood column printed on June 4th.
• • "Mae West on Sex: A Laughing Matter" • •
• • Hollywood — Mae West says our producers are just getting around to her subject — — sex: "But they forget to kid it as I always did. Back in 1926 I wrote and starred in the play 'Sex,' the first time the word was ever used on stage in that manner."
• • Miss Hopper's own newspaper publisher refused to run the title in ads, according to Mae's recollections. Mae continued: "They said, 'Mae West in that certain play.' After a two-year run, a rash of plays on the same subject broke put and authorities closed 12, including mine.  They couldn't find one objectionable line in my script (you have to hear the play to believe her), so they got me on a dance.  Yes, I fought it, not because I thought I'd win, but I knew going to jail would get me a million dollars worth of free publicity."  
• • "Am I Too Young?" • •
• • Hedda Hopper wrote: Mae's planning a picture in Rome, has written two novels based on her plays "Sex" and "The Drag." ("I'm a lazy novelist. I dictate — but not to a  machine.") She's recorded a rock and roll record. One side has an 18-year-old boy singing "Am I Too Young?" to her.
• • "Is he your new muscle man?" I asked.
• • "Oh, no, they're outmoded."
• • Maybe they went out with Mickey Hargitay.
• • Source: Syndicated Hedda Hopper column rpt in The Salt Lake Tribune;  published on  Monday, June 4, 1962.
• • On Tuesday, 4 June 1935 • •
• • Mae West was the cover girl for the French publication Midinette Journal Illustrate. Issue # 425 was dated for Tuesday, 4 June 1935. Oooh-la-la.
• • On Tuesday, 4 June 1940 in Look Magazine • •
• • The popular magazine Look featured Mae West, Greta Garbo, and Lana Turner in their issue dated for Tuesday, 4 June 1940.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • She said, with some show of annoyance that she had never married Mr. Frank Wallace nor any other man for that matter. And to show that she meant it, she refused to show herself in the streets of the film city for months afterwards. Which goes to show that the cinema queen is a woman of some modesty.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'm often asked why I like to play seductive females. It's because virtue has its own reward, but has no sale at the box office."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Ludington Daily News discussed Mae West on page 2.
• • The headline in this Michigan newspaper was "Mae West Takes First Plane Trip." Interestingly, the celebrated passenger was booked as "Miss North."
• • HOLLYWOOD June 4 — Mae West, who invites people to "come up and see me sometime" went up herself Wednesday but not to see anyone in particular.
• • The buxom film blonde took her first airplane ride Wednesday, flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles. She was a little nervous at first, but upon landing she said she was going to do "a lot of flying from now on."  Her new studio contract permits her to fly in planes.
• • Asked why she was booked as "Miss North" on a southbound plane, she replied, "I guess they got their directions mixed a little."
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Takes First Plane Trip" rpt by Ludington Daily News; published on Thursday, 4 June 1936
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2928th 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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