MAE WEST was engaged for a lengthy interview with reporter Leicester Wagner. The article, reworked as Mae's first-person account, was offered as a syndicated series and reprinted in newspapers across the USA during September 1934. This excerpt continues from where we left off yesterday (on Monday).
• • By Mae West (as told to Leicester Wagner) • •
• • Charlie Chaplin, by the way, has sex appeal. That may seem far-fetched but think it over. He has it, which Is one of the secrets of how he remains in favor.
• • And, yes, I understand, I wouldn't be thrown out at a stag party. But I'd rather make pictures than whoopee.
• • Astronomically speaking, the stars — — according to readings by professionals and by Stuart Holmes, who is one of the men in my new picture and a star-gazing expert — — indicate that Hollywood is in the path of Venus! The stars say this has a lot to do with continued good fortune for me, personally.
• • The next three years length of my contract, under which I am to make two pictures a year, will hold greater success for me, according to those who figure things out from the Heavens. Within those next three years, I'm supposed to take unto myself a husband — — a professional man — — says my horoscope. I'm not sure of either forecast (particularly about the professional man) but I'll admit he'd have to be an expert on women. . . .
• • This week-long feature from 1934 may be continued at a later day but that's all for now.
• • Source: Syndicated article rpt in Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, Indiana); published on Wednesday, 12 September 1934.
• • On Saturday, 16 September 1911 • •
• • Variety reviewed the cabaret show (issue dated for Saturday, 16 September 1911) while "A la Broadway" was still in rehearsal. Choreographer Ned Wayburn helped Mae West, who studied dance with him, get into the cast.
• • On Monday, 16 September 1928 • •
• • Mae West's play "Pleasure Man" opened on a Monday evening on 16 September 1928 at the Bronx Opera House in New York City.
• • On Saturday, 16 September 1933 • •
• • The film crew had called it a wrap for "I'm No Angel" in early September. Then on Saturday, 16 September 1933, James Wingate of the Hays Office in Los Angeles sent a Western Union telegram to a colleague on the East Coast. "Just saw the 'Angel' picture," Wingate wrote. "We think it is satisfactory with exception very few lines still under discussion." He added, "Much better than we expected."
• • On Tuesday, 16 September 1947 • •
• • "Mae West on Way for London Show" was the jolly headline in a few Australian publications on Tuesday, 16 September 1947. Fans were informed that the Hollywood icon was sailing to England on the Queen Mary to begin assembling a British cast for "Diamond Lil."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Brave women have carved this trail of emancipation from ageism for my generation — — for instance, Mae West did her best in the USA nearly a century ago.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I am opposed to nudity, crudity and vulgarity in all forms. I provide healthy entertainment to the movies because I have never taken sex seriously. I 'kidded' it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Daily Illini mentioned Mae West.
• • Rialto Bills Mae West's Latest Production, "Belle of the Nineties."
• • Source: Item in Daily Illini; published on Sunday, 16 September 1934
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •
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• • By the Numbers • •
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