Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mae West: Sex Drive

A MAE WEST motion picture was "opening at the Capitol soon," announced a Singapore newspaper on Tuesday, 21 May 1935.  The text ran this way: "Here she is! The girl with the hourglass figure who makes every second count! Mae West in 'Belle of the Nineties.' Hear her sing the songs that have made her famous. Come up sometime." 
• • Source:  Item on page 7 of The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser; published on Tuesday, 21 May 1935.
• • On Monday, 21 May 1973 in Variety • •
• • "Sex Drive" • •
• • An item appeared in Variety on Monday, 21 May 1973.  Mae West mentioned she was writing a new book "Sex Drive," that would include real names and be largely autobiographical.
• • Either Mae couldn't find a publisher in 1973 or the 80-year-old icon was giving that frisky title a test drive — — and then went straight to the idea junkyard and abandoned this brain-storm.
• • On Thursday, 21 May 1992 • •
• • The paperback version of "Mae West: Empress of Sex" by Maurice Leonard was released on Thursday, 21 May 1992. Mr. Leonard took a smirking view of Mae and his insulting book (lacking any footnotes) is not worth reading..
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The crowd admires Mae West because she does things which everyone would like to be able to do — — but also because she creates a world where nothing is impossible.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "Years ago there was a  Mae West playing burlesque In the East, and only a few years back I had trouble stopping a burlesque queen In Pittsburgh from using my  name."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A British poetry newsletter mentioned Mae West.
• • Artist Christine Kennedy is a Sheffield-based writer, too. Her publications include contributions to Reality Street’s 4Pack 4: Renga+ and a chapbook "Possessions" (2003). Her credits include the group show 10x10x10 at Sheffield’s Bloc Studios and "Dusting the Mae West Memorial Library."  . . .
• • Source: Item in The Sheffield Poetry Newsletter; posted on Saturday, 19 March 2005
• • 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 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,100 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3183rd 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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• • Mae West • cartoon printed in 1934

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