Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mae West: Reign in Spain

MAE WEST inspired an odd editorial in a Midwest newspaper. However, their sour prediction was wrong — — and Mae's big screen victory was sweet.
• • Urbana Daily Courier wrote: Mae West's new picture will be a failure because of the large amount of unfavorable publicity it has received previous to its release.
• • Editorial in the Urbana Daily Courier;  published on Saturday, 14 July 1934.
• • Ingmar Bergman, Mae West Fan • •
• • Reported in The New Yorker:  Swedish director Ingmar Bergman [14 July 1918 — 30 July 2007] said that the first time he saw Mae West in a movie he “went home and jerked off.”
• • On Wednesday, 14 July 1920 • •
• • Sadly, on 14 July 1920, Mae West filed for a divorce from Guido Deiro [1886 — 1950], charging him with abandonment. She had moved back with her parents, who were living in Queens.
• • On Monday, 14 July 1997 in Newsweek • •
• • In his book review on 14 July 1997, Ray Sawhill wrote this: In her zesty "Becoming Mae West" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Emily Wortis Leider points out that by the time she barreled into movies, West had 35 years of theater and vaudeville behind her. She liked prizefighters, cross-dressers, and stealing credit from collaborators.   ...
• • On Wednesday, 14 July 1999 • •
• • Paul Novak, Mae West's companion of 26 years (the acknowledged love of her life) died on Wednesday morning, 14 July 1999. He had married late in life and left a widow, a woman who was not in show business.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • It was a long, hot summer wrestling with the Hays Office over the script for "Klondike Annie."  Mae West and Paramount got more bad news from the censors.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Bodyguards look after me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Urbana Daily Courier mentioned Mae West and Alfonso, the nobleman who was once King of Spain.  Yes, this 1934 news item sounds completely ridiculous, which is why it's being posted today.
• • European cablegrams announced recently the impending divorce of Alfonso, the ex-King of Spain.   . . .  Recent press dispatches from London say that Mae West had offered Alfonso the leading male role [sic] in her next picture, to be called "Me and the King." The play was written by Prince Alexis of Thurn and Taxis, through whom Alfonso was approached [sic]  . . . 
• • Source: Article in Urbana Daily Courier (Illinois); published on Saturday, 14 July 1934 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,200 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3221st 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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