Monday, February 23, 2015

Mae West: Modified Hourglass

The sultry MAE WEST effect on French fashion houses was discussed in newspapers on February 23rd.
• • The headline from London, England read: "Paris Fashions, Mae West Curves."
• • London, February 20 — The British United Press correspondent in Paris says that fashions are going all buxom, after the style of Mae West, with curving hips and busts tending towards the styles of the "Naughty 'Nineties." Two of the leading stage and film suppliers have definitely fattened their mannequins, and even Schiaparelli is outlining the curves of the body in the form of a modified hourglass by pinching the waist. Generally, it seems that the days of slimming are ending.
• • Source: UPI and reprinted on page 15 in The Western Argus (Kalgoorlie, WA); published on Tuesday, 23 February 1937.
• • On Wednesday, 23 February 1927 in Variety • •
• • Variety sympathized with Mae West and the others whose Broadway shops were closed down due to a contagious censorship epidemic. This article ran on 23 February 1927.
• • On Sunday, 23 February 1997 in The Los Angeles Times • •
• • Ken Hughes wrote: It was 4 in the morning when the phone in my London apartment rang and a voice from 8,000 miles away asked, "How would you like to come to Hollywood and direct a movie with Mae West?" One small fact had, it seemed, been overlooked: Mae West had director approval. ...
• • Source: Article: "Acting Had Nothing to Do With It; How was it to direct Mae West in her final film? Don't ask" written by retired director Ken Hughes for The L.A. Times; published on page 29 on Sunday, 23 February 1997.
• • On Monday, 23 February 2009 in Los Angeles • •
• • At 7:30 on Monday evening, 23 February 2009, both Kevin Thomas and Charlotte Chandler were panelists at UCLA, and now his mink-gloved summation of her biography, "She Always Knew How," has been printed. His sufficiently tactful assessment appeared in The Los Angeles Times.
• • On Tuesday, 23 February 2010 • •
• • An item that was new in the App Catalog for 23 February 2010 was Mae West Quotes, $1.99, by Brighthouse Labs. The developer described this: "Quotes from the late American actress and scribe."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West wrapped up sex, beer, prosperity, entertainment, and her own copious curves into a generous package that offered a red-hot antidote to the Depression blues.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "If that Dutch clown ever comes near me again, I'll wreck him."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A book about Hollywood mentioned Mae West and her bed.
• • Susan Myrick wrote: Walter "Monte" Westmore told the other day about going to Mae West's apt to take measurements to make some wigs for her when he worked at Paramount. Mae's bed, he told us, is wide enough for six men to sleep in — — then, without a change of countenance, he said ...
• • Source: Anecdote on page 129 in "White Columns in Hollywood: Reports from the GWTW Sets" written by Susan Myrick (Mercer University Press); published on Wednesday, 1 June 1994
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 1,430 visitors. We reached a milestone this week: 3,100 posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3120th 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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