Friday, January 02, 2015

Mae West: Insult to Faith

On January 2nd, MAE WEST fans in Singapore saw this startling headline: "Mae West, As Eve, 'Insult to Faith'."
• • New York — — Miss Mae West's interpretation of Eve in a broadcast skit, "Adam and Eve," has been attacked by the Roman Catholic weekly, Brooklyn Tablet as "an insult to every Christian."
• • The National Broadcasting Company expressed their "deep regret" at having offended anyone.
• • Source: News item in The Straits Times (page 13); published on Sunday, 2 January 1938.
• • On Tuesday, 2 January 1934 • •
• • On Tuesday, 2 January 1934, when Mae's sister Beverly applied for a marriage license in Chicago, Ilinois, it was hoped that her second Russian-born husband would be a better companion than her ex-husband Sergei Treshatny. The groom Vladimir Baikoff made Beverly's acquaintance when both were booked on a radio program. Beverly was doing her famous Mae West impersonation for a broadcast — — and Vlad was eager to conjugate some sultry Slavic verbs with her in private, after the show.
• • On her marriage license, Beverly gave her age as 27, which meant she had been born in 1907. This was consistent with Mae's calculations; in 1934, Mae was giving her birthyear as 1900 and the siblings were seven years apart.
• • Good thing municipal clerks were not crossing checking New York State's records with Illinois — — otherwise someone might have wondered about Beverly, the bride who was born in 1907, having been first married in 1917 when she was 10 years old.
• • Beverly's second marriage ceremony was performed at the Congress Hotel in Chicago. Judge Joseph Sabath (of divorce court fame) officiated.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Hollywood — The New York censor has turned thumbs down on "It Ain't No Sin," which
will be remade, probably retitled. Mae West stars.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I don't like bad language. I never tell or listen to dirty stories myself. You can have a lot of fun, and be sexy, too, without being vulgar or plain dirty. Sex is natural and what is natural is not nasty.  And dirt should always be cleaned up."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Indiana Gazette mentioned Mae West and Jack Linder.
• • There was more than a faint incense of "Diamond Lil," Mae West's Bowery play, in "The Squealer." Jack Linder was partially responsible for both productions. The theatrical pass of bringing in an irrelevant entertainment scene was repeated in "The Squealer." It was the most interesting part of the show. A bevy of slow-time high kickers slippered the slats out of the ceiling.   . . .
• • Source: Article in The Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania); published on Thursday, 6 December 1928
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. Yesterday we entertained 1,430 visitors. 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3084th 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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