Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mae West: Versatile Vixen

On June 10th MAE WEST was being cheered by her fans in Bakersfield, California.
• • "Mae West Starred in Granada Program" • • 
• • Mae West proved to Hollywood that she is the most versatile woman in America during the filming of her new picture, "She Done Him Wrong," opening Sunday at the Granada theater. This prolific star, who wrote the script for her first starring vehicle, has always written her own stage plays, has published two novels, authored the lyrics for several of the songs [sic] composed by Ralph Rainger for her new picture, and, besides, turns out sketches and material for other performers in her spare time.
• • Source: Item on page 6 in The Bakersfield Californian; published on Saturday, 10 June 1933.
• • On Sunday, 10 June 2001 in The Hartford Courant • •
• • You can give your book a Mae-West-title but will it find favor with critics or the public?  Book critic M.A. Turner did not think much of "Come Up and See Me Sometime," describing it as "A Flat Addition To Tedious Single-girl Sub-genre" on Sunday, 10 June 2001 in The Hartford Courant. "Come Up and See Me Sometime," published by Scribner, was written by Erika Krouse (202 pages). Poor Erika.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Goin' to Town" is being billed as acting by Mae West, story by Mae West, and screen adaptation by Mae West. That just about classifies this latest endeavor of the lady who done them wrong.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Back in 1926, I wrote and starred in the play 'Sex,' the first time the word was ever used on stage in that manner."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A theatre review mentioned Mae West.
• • "I'll Eat You Last: a Chat with Sue Mengers" • •
• • Caroline Baum wrote: The writing is banal and linear and the only moments of colour come from Sue Mengers' undeniable A-list gossip. But it is tame and timid stuff and one imagines that she had stories that were far racier, bawdier and more shocking than the ones recounted here.
• • Caroline Baum wrote: Her naughtiest line has a touch of Mae West: "Elton John is the easiest dinner guest. He'll eat anything except pussy." There is also a good gag about needing to have the house de-sequinned after she bought it from Zsa Zsa Gabor. The rest is thin and allows Bette Midler no emotional range. I was surprised to see The New York Times praise the play as a "delightful souffle."   . . .
• • Source: Review written by Caroline Baum for Stage Noise; published on Sunday, 28 April 2013 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started nine years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2932nd 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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