MAE WEST will be in your living room tomorrow night.
• • Giving all Mae-mavens a heads up, Newsday columnist Diane Werts wrote: Lots of treats this week on Turner Classic Movies. Racy lady of the 1930s Mae West does her thing Thursday night in "I'm No Angel" (8:00 p.m.), "She Done Him Wrong" with Cary Grant (9:45 p.m.), "Belle of the Nineties" (11:15 p.m.), and W.C. Fields co-starrer "My Little Chickadee" (12:45 a.m.).
• • Thank you, Diane Werts of Newsday!
• • On Wednesday, 13 August 2014 • •
• • Here in New York City, the next annual birthday tribute will be on August 13th and all the exciting details will soon be posted.
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• • On Tuesday, 2 July 1935 • •
• • It was a long, hot summer wrestling with the Hays Office over the script for "Klondike Annie." Mae West and Paramount got more bad news from the censors on Tuesday, 2 July 1935.
• • The Hays Office wrote: "We judge from your letter that during part of this picture, Miss West will be masquerading as an exponent of religion or a religious worker. ..."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • It's a joy to talk to that blessed old trouper May Robson for she's as full of amusing personal anecdotes as Mae West is of curves.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I got my own individual style. You know you can always tell Eugene O'Neill — — and you can always tell Mae West."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in a men's magazine discussed Mae West, Assistant D. A. James G. Wallace, and the New York D.A. Joab Banton.
• • "When Mae West Went to Jail for ‘Sex’" • •
• • While the law found a way to lock up the symbol of sex, the law could not tarnish her brilliance. From the moment she stepped into the Welfare Island workhouse, the drab structure glistened with her personality. The blue cotton uniform which made boards, boxes and bags of the other women, seemed to be transformed into a sheer negligee on Mae. Her bare gray cell took on the aura of a royal boudoir. She asked no favors, no special treatment, and performed the menial tasks without complaint.
• • She distributed the gifts sent to her among the other less fortunate prisoners. An expert on matters of the heart, she gave advice to the lovelorn and bolstered their sinking spirits with hope. The only rancor she expressed was against Wallace and District Attorney Joab Banton, whom she denounced in strong terms.
• • “Jail life is not bad after all,” said Mae • •
• • “Jail life is not bad after all,” she confided. “It may be the making of me. They say I’m a terrible woman, but I’m not really. I never drink or smoke.”
• • After serving her sentence she presented Warden Harry Schleth with $1,000 to buy books for the jail library. The warden, though obviously appreciative of the gift, commented flatly that he would exercise “liberal” censorship over the choice of books. . . .
• • Source: Article: "When Mae West Went to Jail for ‘Sex’" written for Popular Mechanics; published in the issue dated for November 1959
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •
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