Friday, October 23, 2015

Mae West: Strange Fan Mail

Did you ever think that MAE WEST would appear in a news headline with Hillary Clinton? No, we never imagined such a thing but there it was.
• • Paul Mirengoff wrote: The 1930s actress Mae West became famous for saying: “Come up and see me sometime.” Hillary Clinton was the Mae West of the internet.  ...
• • Source: an odd news headline on PowerLine; posted on Tuesday, 13 October 2015.
• • On Friday, 23 October 1931 • •
• • It was on Friday, 23 October 1931 that the New York City tabloid Evening Graphic reported on the very strange fan letters Mae West was receiving.
• • On Tuesday, 23 October 1934 • •
• • Mae West's popular film "Belle of the Nineties" ended its run at The Stanford Theatre in Connecticut tonight after the manager had added extra showings on Tuesday, 23 October 1934.
• • On Thursday, 23 October 1986 in New Scientist • •
• • The British publication New Scientist was greatly troubled by the new technology that could add color to vintage black and white motion pictures.
• • New Scientist wrote: "Nowadays, less and less is left to the imagination . . . Now Mae West's eyes will glint in colour as she delivers her barbed line, "Is that a gun in your  pocket or are you pleased to see me?"
• • If this hilarity amuses you, then you must read the rest in New Scientist's issue dated for Thursday, 23 October 1986 on page 65.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Andy Warhol, preparing for his show at Gagosian Gallery, has dubbed four new works each with the name of a celebrity: Mae West, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Truman Capote, and James Dean.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  “I like TV. I got a lot of good reaction to the Academy Awards show I did with Rock Hudson."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The campus newspaper Columbia Daily Spectator mentioned Mae West.
• • "Queen to Preside" • •
• • Ernest de la Ossa '37, chairman of the Formal, declared that inasmuch as the Senior affair would be "the most outstanding event to be seen on the Campus this year, a Queen would be chosen to preside at the Dance to add to the "general all-around dignity.''
• • Henry R. Lieberman, chairman of the Publicity Committee, has sent telegrams to thirty prominent screen and stage actresses asking them to rule at the ball. He said that if more than one actress consents to appear, he will run a stagger system and let each queen preside for a few minutes.
• • Among the Hollywood and Broadway personalities Henry R. Lieberman has telegraphed are Mae West, Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers, Claudette Colbert, Gypsy Rose Lee. and Georgia Sothern.  . . .
• • Source: Item (page 1) in Columbia Daily Spectator (NYC); published on Friday, 23 October 1936  
• • Note: How much did 30 telegrams to Hollywood cost in 1936? Thirty wires sent from NYC to Los Angeles!! This must be a joke!
• • 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 3295th 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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1 comment:

  1. The Andy Warhol art piece you mentioned named after Mae West is a shoe. This drawing is the most elusive Warhol drawing to locate. Even the Andy Warhol Museum staff replied to my request for information, "We have no record of a May West Shoe drawing!"