On Wednesday, 1 May 1935 MAE WEST was photographed with a bouquet of flowers. As part of the promotional push for "Goin' to Town," which would be released in spring, Paramount Pictures decided this date would be "Mae Day."
• • Their press release indicated that "the blonde Mae is offering the nation a 'Mae Day' present for her latest Paramount Picture, 'Goin' to Town' [release date in the USA on 25 April 1935]."
• • On Friday, 1 May 1936 in Hollywood • •
• • It was on Friday, 1 May 1936, that Claude Shull, San Francisco Motion Picture Council, wrote to Paramount Pictures and sent a copy of his dissatisfaction to Mae West.
• • Shull explained his viewpoint: "Any picture that presents its heroine as a mistress to an Oriental, then as a murderess, then as a cheap imitator of a missionary — — jazzing up religion — — is not in harmony with the other educational forces of our social set-up. And these elements are particularly objectionable when they are interspersed with smutty wise-cracks." Uh-oh.
• • On Tuesday, 1 May 1956 • •
• • "Mae West Says Every Man Has Sex Appeal," trumpeted the headlines around the country in Tuesday newspapers on 1 May 1956.
• • At the time, the Brooklyn bombshell was touring New York City's night clubs and hitting other venues with her muscleman act, and the press obliged by pumping out interviews.
• • Commenting that sometimes men who are not good-looking are even sexier than Clark Gable, Mae said, "Mr. Eisenhower's a leader, and a leader has drive and decision and power, and that makes a man a man."
• • "Adlai Stevenson and Estes Kefauver have got it, too," Mae said.
• • The actress added that she is "strictly nonpartisan" in her views on the male species.
• • On Thursday, 1 May 1997 in Interview Magazine • •
• • In their issue dated for Thursday, 1 May 1997 Interview Magazine saluted Mae West. This May-timed issue focused on a new biography that had made a splash – – penned by the California poet Emily Wortis Leider. A highly recommended biography this is.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • To quiet growing rumors about his sexuality in the 1950s, Scott Thorson explained that Liberace would escort such famous women as Susan Hayward, Gale Storm, Rosemary Clooney, Mae West, and Judy Garland to parties and have his photo taken with them.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "That piano guy Liberace's got a lot of charm. I could go for someone that charming. I see good in every man. That's why I'm not married."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A West Coast reporter mentioned Mae West.
• • Writing for The Los Angeles Times in November 1987, Ruth Ryon noted: Liberace was having lunch with Mae West in the late 1950s when the actress told him about a property she sold for several million dollars. "That was when he saw gold in real estate," said Jamie James, who handled Liberace's public relations for 20 years before the musician-showman died last February. . . .
• • Source: Item by Ruth Ryon for The Los Angeles Times; published in November 1987
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