Did MAE WEST "forget to pucker"? Her fans were reading Lee Mueller's article in mid-July 1971. Let's revisit this kissable chronicle.
• • "Mae West, 1970 Vintage, Still Comes on Strong, But She Forgot to Pucker" • •
• • New York, NY — — Lee Mueller wrote: This is going to hurt a little, so perhaps the best way to begin is from the beginning. (Things don't hurt so much in the beginning.) Mae West, who will — — it is said — — be 77 in August, moved through several of the outer lobbies of a large New York hotel immersed in a gliding pond of bodyguards and pawing public, flashbulb sunbursts, and neglected tongues and trailed by an exhaust of grunting photographers, toppled bodies, and gawking bystanders. A mass of bobbing platinum hair and an occasional glint of light from diamond clustered knuckles were all of Mae West that the onlookers (such as, for instance, two old ladies standing against the wall) could see.
• • Lee Mueller continued: One of these women, named Elsie, said she worked in that hotel as a cleaning maid and lived over in Brooklyn's Bushwick section where Miss West was born. "When I was a girl growing up, Mae West was somethin'," she said. "I heard about her when she was in vaudeville, you know. I remember I told my mother I wanted to grow up to be like Mae West and she slapped me. . ."
• • Lee Mueller noted: Elsie is 70 years old — — nearly seven years younger than her girlhood idol. Her hair is short and dusty gray. The lines in her face are as deep as the convolutions in Mae West's brain. ...
• • Source: Syndicated feature written by Lee Mueller, NBA, rpt in The Daily Times (Burlington, N.C.); published on Wednesday, 15 July 1971.
• • On Wednesday, 16 July 1952 in Groton, Connecticut • •
• • On Wednesday, 16 July 1952 Mae West traveled to the Groton submarine base to participate in the "debut" of the scarlet red life jackets dubbed "Mae Wests" [a flotation device]. The new color was designed to be visible from greater distances; a cord attached to the jackets, when pulled, caused them to immediately inflate, getting a nod of approval as their namesake stood by for the demonstration. . . .
• • Source: The Day, New London, CT; published Saturday, 16 July 2005.
• • Save the Date: Wednesday, August 13th • •
• • Wednesday, 13 August 2014 will be the next Mae West Tribute in Manhattan and the event will start at 6:30 pm at 425 Sixth Avenue. The theme will be: "Mae West in Bohemia — — Gin, Sin, Censorship, and Eugene O'Neill."
• • Details: http://jeffersonmarketcourthouseny.blogspot.com/2014/07/mae-west-august-13th-event.html
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Mae Knows How to Kiss" • •
• • Make-up artist Wally Westmore had a lot to say about how expertly Mae West kissed. "If all the stars kissed like Mae West, my job would be comparatively easy. There's no bank, turn, or wing-over to her kisses — — so there isn't much of a lipstick smudge to repair afterwards."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A man's kiss is his signature!"
• • Mae West said: "I have found men who didn't know how to kiss. I've always found time to teach them."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about a hotel mentioned Mae West.
• • "Hotel with a history — Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, California" • •
• • In 1888 stage actor Lillie Langtry may have been The Dels first celebrity guest. And in the 127 years since then the stars haven’t stopped coming. In the 1920s and 1930s Mae West, Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, and Rita Hayworth were among the guests. Along came Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, and Judy Garland in the 1940s. ...
• • Source: Item written for The News (NSW); published on Friday, 11 July 2014
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade.
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2958th blog post.
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • in 1970 • •
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