Thursday, October 08, 2015

Mae West: Plot to Disfigure

A student at Stanford University had MAE WEST on her mind.  She wrote this unsigned letter.
• • So far, the Stanford men I have met seem to prefer the Mae West type to all others. I trust that Mr. Jorgensen realizes that the Farm is now and forever a man's institution, and that we women are simply what you make us.
• • Source:  "Campus Opinion" in The Stanford Daily; published on Monday, 8 October 1934.
• • Happy Birthday, Rona Barrett • •
• • Rona Barrett, a gossip columnist and friend of Mae's, was born on Thursday, 8 October 1936.  Hope it's a beautiful day for you, Miss Rona.
• • On Thursday, 8 October 1931 • •
• • A review of "The Constant Sinner" appeared in the Herald Tribune.  "West's New Play" ran in the newspaper on Thursday, 8 October 1931.
• • On Tuesday, 8 October 1935 in The Los Angeles Examiner • •
• • "Mae West Guarded after Threat" ran on the front cover of The Los Angeles Examiner on Tuesday, 8 October 1935. Detective Harry Dean, beautifully gowned, was standing next to Mae West.  Also shown was part of the extortionist's note.  A cafeteria worker had targeted several movie idols from major studios as well as Mae, as it turned out.
• • On Tuesday, 8 October 1935 • •
• • "Plot to Disfigure Mae West Foiled" was an article syndicated to several papers. These threats must have been so frightening. Jeez.
• • On Friday, 8 October 1948 • •
• • The "Catherine Was Great" plagiarism trial lasted seven weeks in Los Angeles, from 24 August 1948 until Friday, 8 October 1948 and the proceedings resulted in a hung jury, 7 — 5 in Mae's favor, insufficient for either side to initiate a victory lap. 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • John Martin Harvey asked us:  "If Shakespeare lived today, would he make films and feature Mae West?"
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is her own plot.  
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I'm here to make talkies."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A campus newspaper in NYC mentioned Mae West.
• • Will Rogers wrote the Torch of Fullertown Junior College last Spring: "I have no message for you. . . . The trouble with youth nowadays is that everybody wants to advise them, and we don't know what to do ourselves. ... If I know any Latin words I'd quote 'em to you. The Latins all died out because they couldn't learn their own language. My message to you is don't miss the next Mae West picture."
• • Source: Item in Columbia Daily Spectator; published on Tuesday, 8 October 1935
• • 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 3284th 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 court, 1948

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