MAE WEST talked to a Hollywood reporter on November 12th. This is the final segment of a very lengthy conversation. Last week two excerpts were posted.
• • "All a Girl Needs Is Brains Declares Mae West" • •
• • An Exclusive Interview with Alice L. Tildesley, AP • •
• • "The second diamond ring I got from a man had three stones, about twelve carats altogether. That was nice. Then I got a necklace, then a bracelet, and then a lot more. I love them all. I can't have too many!" Mae paused to consider. "Women today don't seem to be smart enough to get diamonds. Don't know why it is. Maybe they don't like 'em or something. But women can make men do about what they want them to do, if they're clever, and they needn't be gold-diggers, either.
• • Mae Calls Gold-Diggers Cheap • •
• • According to Mae West, gold-diggers have existed in all eras. "But in the gay nineties, when there were just two kinds of women — — fast women and good women — — they knew how to dig better than they do now. Then the men always gave them diamonds and fine carriages and gorgeous clothes. Today the girls dig for such cheap junk. You wonder they'd let anybody hand it to them, let alone dig for it!"
• • Mae continued, "Wives don't get along much better than the gold-diggers. But they're entitled to all they can get. Once they're married, they can't go out and get diamonds from any other man. A wife should stick to it and get everything her husband has, so he'll be protected from any outside gold-digging."
• • Mae smiled her sleepy smile, and her nails, coral to the tip, described colorful arcs. Her skin is as fine and soft as that of a baby. No heavy greasepaint make-up for her — — just powder and lip rouge, coral to match her fingertips, and shadowed eye color.
• • "A woman has a different feeling toward each separate man she knows," she observed. "From this one she may extort things; that one may never give her so much as a handkerchief, yet she'll work her hands off for him, and maybe take something from the first man to give to him. The third may be just a playmate."
• • Why Men Leave Home • •
• • As to this thing called love: "There's physical and mental and spiritual love, and take it from me, when it's a question of one or the other. the physical love will win every time," declared Mae. "A man will leave the woman who has been his mental or spiritual mate the minute the girl with physical appeal lifts a finger. No, maybe physical love won't last forever, but so long as it does, that girl can hold her man."
• • The sleepy smile flickered again. Mae drifted back to the telephone to ask her unseen caller why he didn't come up and see her some time, and the stand-in girl, the hairdresser, and Randolph Scott, who had dropped In to see his housemate, Cary Grant, watched the scene with me. She had come back to the gray satin divan, and sat with her green net train swirled around her, coral-tipped fingers lost in the spangled ruffles.
• • "I believe in taking chances," confessed Mae. "Everything I ever got came from that." She smiled and showed her pretty teeth. When I left she was at the telephone once more, heavy lashes down over her long gray eyes, murmuring her famous invitation: "Why don't you come up and see me some time?"
• • This is Part 3. This third installment concludes the syndicated article written by Alice L. Tildesley. See the posts last week for Part 1 and Part 2.
• • Source: Associated Press exclusive rpt by The Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, West Virginia); published on Sunday, 12 November 1933.
• • On Friday, 17 November 1916 • •
• • On Friday, 17 November 1916, Mae West announced in the trade papers (such as Variety) that she had new plans.
• • "Mae West's New Name and Act" • •
• • An act written by Blanche Merrill will return Mae West to vaudeville under another name and as a male impersonator.
• • On Tuesday, 17 November 1936 • •
• • An article on favorite dishes of movie stars in the 1930s mentioned Mae West. The Sydney Morning Herald commented: Mae West always has a salad, which has been named after her. Sydney Morning Herald added: The chefs of the Brown Derbies have supplied the following recipes for the dishes favoured by well-known film people ...
• • Source: Article: "Some Favourite Dishes of the Stars — — Spaghetti Astaire and Mae West Salad" written by the editors of The Sydney Morning Herald [Australia], page 8; published on Tuesday, 17 November 1936.
• • On Saturday, 17 November 2001 • •
• • On the program "Writer's Almanac" on Saturday, 17 November 2001, a poem by Charles Bukowski was read, "sit and endure" (sic), and his rambling free verse begins like this: "well, first Mae West died/ and then George Raft,/ and Eddie G. Robinson's/ been gone/ a long time, ..."
• • It's nice that Bukowski mentioned Mae in his first line but it is astonishing that his work was published in book form by Black Sparrow Press.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • There is actually a Mae West, listed in the Los Angeles telephone directory, who is a corsetiere. The Mae West who sells corsets complains that her phone rings at all hours of the night. Drunks think it is fun to call up and ask if they can c'mon up some time.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I have given six life-stories but I can always give another."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Columbia Daily Spectator mentioned Mae West.
• • The editors wrote: Anti-West Tulane University co-eds have rebelled against the Mae West trend. They prefer a slight streamlined figure, and have inaugurated a green vegetable diet to preserve it. ...
• • Source: Item on page 2 in Columbia Daily Spectator (NYC); published on Friday, 17 November 1933
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •
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