Friday, June 05, 2015

Mae West: Sexy Sha-Wabble

MAE WEST was given credit for instigating the Shimmy dance trend — — in a book written by Will Rogers.  The musical "Sometime" opened on Friday evening, 4 October 1918 — — and Mae got permission to add a sultry Shimmy to her act while her character Mayme Dean sang the song "What Do I Have to Do to Get It."
• • A.K.A. "Shimmy Sha-Wabble" • •
• • Will Rogers wrote:  Mae West's "Shimmy Schwabble" in the musical comedy "Sometime," which opened on Broadway in October 1918, contributed to a shimmy craze that swept the country at the time.  ...
• • Source:  "The Papers of Will Rogers: From the Broadway stage to the national stage, September 1915 — July 1928" written by Will Rogers [1879 — 1935]; published by the University of Oklahoma Press, 2005.
• • On Thursday, 5 June 1952 • •
• • "Mae West to Open Summer Theatre" was the headline on Thursday, 5 June 1952 in a New Jersey newspaper, Raritan Township and Fords Beacon.
• • On Thursday, 5 June 1975 • •
• • Stanley Musgrove's Log dated for Thursday, 5 June 1975 recalled Mae West explaining that her own method of birth control was a silk sponge tied to a string.  Mae also claimed she taught this barrier method to Fanny Brice who, until then, had several abortions. An odd conversation topic perhaps during June 1975, when Mae was 81, but there you have it.
• • On Saturday, 5 June 2010 in New Zealand • •
• • Mae West is still on the music charts.  Mae's rendition of "Mister Deep Blue Sea" charted on Saturday, 5 June 2010 on New Zealand's Jazz Music Chart at position 104.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, the well-known film actress, is a fairy godmother to Catholic churches and charities, to which she regularly devotes large portions of her earnings.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I'm a big girl from a big town coming to a little town."
• • Mae West said:  "I don’t like myself — — I’m crazy about myself."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Desert Sun mentioned Mae West.
• • Friday at 10:30 pm on Channel 5  — — "She Done Him Wrong" (drama) 1933 — Cary Grant, Mae West.  [OK, but why was his name printed first??] 
• • Raise your hand if you remember the scene when Captain Cummings is revealed to be the law enforcement agent who has been monitoring Gus Jordan's saloon, while pretending to be the leader of a rescue mission next door? 
• • Mae West never had her work taken very seriously by literary critics but she wrote a masterful O. Henry type finale. If a male author had written this ending, he would have been praised to the skies. Mae avoided the typical loveengagementmarch to the altar conclusion. In this case, the man the heroine has fallen for is the same fellow who will strip her of her diamonds. Was this going to be a lasting relationship??
• • Source: TV listings in The Desert Sun; published on Friday, 4 June 1971
• • 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 3194th 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 • in 1933

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