Thursday, September 04, 2014

Mae West: In 42 Pages

Can a book do justice to MAE WEST in 42 pages?
• • Mark Desjardins has been kind enough to buy a copy and review a new book for The Mae West Blog.
• • "The Life of Mae West" American Legend [Charles Rivers Editors] • •
• • Mark Desjardins reports: Mae West has been a relatively easy subject for biographers, as the facts of her life are readily available and open to interpretation. This slim 42-page booklet provides very basic information on her life and lengthy career.
• • Mark Desjardins concludes:  The value of this publication lies in its low price and obscure illustrations of several of West's contemporaries, which include Julian Eltinge, Bert Savoy, Guido Deiro and Texas Guinan. While this overview will likely not be found on the shelf in a children's library, it is certainly a starting off place for those readers wanting to dip their toes into further research on Mae West, who is perhaps the most fascinating, but never irritating, woman of the 20th century!
• • On Wednesday, 4 September 1935 in Hollywood • •
• • Joseph Breen wrote to John Hammel on Wednesday, 4 September 1935, complaining (again) about the script for "Klondike Annie" and Mae's dialogue.
• • On Friday, 4 September 1987 in California • •
• • "I'm No Angel" starring Mae West was screened on Friday, 4 September 1987.  This iconic comedy was selected for the series "Paramount Pictures: 75 Years." Mae West's director was Wesley Ruggles.  Audiences enjoyed it at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive during Labor Day weekend. 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West has two new leading men in her new picture "It Ain't No Sin."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I take sex out in the open and laugh at it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • "Sign Mae West's Photographer" • •
• • Chicago — Alexander Schupack, who has been personal photographer for Mae West, returns to the coast next month under a three-month contract to do additional work for Paramount. He recently came back from Hollywood after making more than a hundred new stills of Miss West.
• • Source: Item in Film Daily; published on Friday, 13 April 1934
• • Alexander Schupack [1894 — 26 April 1941] • •
• • Editor's Note: Lithuanian Jewish photographer Alexander Schupack [1894 — 1941] was at the height of his career, and living at 7159 Sunset Boulevard with his wife Elizabeth, when he died at age 47.
• • 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 2997th 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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