Thursday, July 02, 2015

Mae West: Unbosomed Herself

An article "MAE WEST Talks about Her Marriage," written by Kirtley Baskette, was published in Photoplay Magazine in the summer of 1935. The article starts on page 38 and continues with Mae's fervent denials of any relationship whatsoever with Frank Wallace. This is Part 1.
• • Mae West Talks About Her "Marriage" • •
• • Kirtley Baskette wrote:  Mae West is not only an ardent fight fan (seen here at a bout), but a scrapper in her own right, as eight men who phoned and called her "wife" know to their own sorrow.
• • "Every time the postman rings," says Mae, "I get a dozen proposals. I ought to sue 'husbands' for alienation of propositions."  So what does she think of Holy Matrimony? 
• • "Marriage," said Mae West, "is wonderful!" 'Of course," she added, "I'm just guessing, but it  I must be wonderful. Already I've got for a husband a dozen guys I've never met. Peggy Hopkins Joyce [26 May 1893 — 12 June 1957] can't tie that."
• • Kirtley Baskette added: Hollywood's Number One bachelor girl, grass widow, or spouse (you name it) flashed her famous upper row of ivory and then curtained it quickly with serious lips. Her arched brows lowered.
• • "But now it's practically bigamy!" • •
• • "Look here," she said, "you say you want to know the truth about my 'marriage.' Well, if you want to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, I'm beginning to get just a little burned up about this whole marriage business. It was funny for a while — even to me. Then I got a little annoyed. Now I'm getting just plain sore. I didn't mind it so much when it was just one marriage — but now it's practically bigamy!"
• • Kirtley Baskette went on:  We were talking, of course, about the completely crazy-quilt pattern of mixed dates, double identities, confusing coincidences and controversial claims which have made the marital (or un-marital) status of La Belle West on a puzzling par with the eternal hen-egg-egg-hen dispute. Did she or didn't she? Is she or isn't she? Newspapers have even printed editorials congratulating Mae on pushing Hitler's jingoistic jitters and the Veterans' Bonus off the front page.
• • Kirtley Baskette noted:  It was the first time Mae had unbosomed herself on the subject which she had just confessed, was giving her fits. Up until now she had contented herself with a rapid fire volley of telephonic "no's" to all questions, ranging from the laughing, amused "No" to the dangerous, now-you-lay-off-of-me "NO!"   . . .
• • Part 1 ends here. To be continued.
• • Source: Article in Photoplay Magazine;  published in the issue dated for August 1935. 
• • On Tuesday, 2 July 1935 • •
• • 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 on Tuesday, 2 July 1935.
• • The Hays Office wrote: "We judge from your letter that during part of this picture, Miss West will be masquerading as an exponent of religion or a religious worker. ..."
• • On Thursday, 2 July 1970 in The L.A. Times • •
• • Jules Stein told columnist Joyce Haber about his experiences playing in a jazz band Mae West put together when she appeared in vaude in Chicago. Haber wrote about the musician for The L.A. Times's issue dated for Thursday, 2 July 1970.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is something of a natural force, to be accepted like the law of gravity, not written to. We suspect a sizable part of her fan correspondence grows from a reputation for generosity, which, by all accounts, is deserved.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I'm a single gal with a single track mind, and it doesn't run to matrimony."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A fan magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • Jack LaRue, the lucky guy, was among those at the birthday party honoring Mae West, at the Cafe Lamaze. Not only that, look where Jack landed.  . . .
• • Source: Item in Photoplay Magazine; published in the issue dated for November 1935

• • Note: Cafe La Maze history began in 1935 when the founder and namesake of Cafe La Maze, Marcel Lamaze, who was an influential restaurateur and head waiter in the Los Angeles area during the Golden Age of Hollywood, founded his first Cafe Lamaze in 1935. He enjoyed many friendships with screen stars..
• • The original location was at 9039 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, California, a movie star hang-out. The eatery (under new ownership) has since moved to National City.
• • 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 3213th 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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