Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mae West: Large Hat Craze

MAE WEST continued to be such a fashion icon during the 1930s that someone in Perth, Australia undertook the task of actually measuring her millinery.  A-MAE-zing.
• • "Large Hat Craze" • •
• • Mae West's hats to date all measure between 20 and 35 inches in circumference. Since she started the large hat craze, she means to back it up. She prefers her wide-brimmed chapeaux in velvet, untrimmed, except for large ornamental pins at the side or front of the crown.
• • Another star who is very fond of the trend towards larger hats is Carole Lombard . . . .
• • Item on page 4 in Sunday Times (Perth); published on Sunday, 19 November 1933.
• • On Saturday, 19 November 1927 • •
• • When Mae's play "The Wicked Age" opened, The New York Times reacted with alarm: "The whole was in the best Mae West school of playwriting . . . ." Yes, you're right; this was never meant to be a compliment.
• • The curtain clanged down on "The Wicked Age" on Saturday, 19 November 1927.
• • On Thursday, 19 November 1936 in The N.Y. Times • •
• • During the 1930s, publications were still spelling the star's first name as either "May" or "Mae," sometimes using both spellings in the same article.
• • J.T.M. penned the movie review of "Go West Young Man," which was printed in the Times on Thursday, 19 November 1936. His title read "May West at the Paramount in Go West, Young Man" [sic].
• • J.T.M. wrote: "The suasively undulating May West (sic) is back on the Paramount screen with a new and engagingly robustious . . . ." Robustious, yes. Exactly. But bring on the proofreaders!
• • On Tuesday, 19 November 1996 • •
• • A CD by Mae West "I'm No Angel" was released on the British label Jasmine on Tuesday, 19 November 1996.
• • On Thursday, 19 November 2015 • •
• • After 6:30pm today, you can listen to this re-broadcast on the BBC.
• • "Mae West" — — Great Lives, Series 8.  Writer Kathy Lette proposes the blondest bombshell of them all, Mae West, and discusses the queen of the quip with biographer Simon Louvish. (Originally aired in 2005.) Yes, you can listen online, after the broadcast:
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Celebrities have dined and hung out at Mr Chow's.  Mae West got a standing ovation when she strolled into the Los Angeles branch.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "There was still another type of audience when the house had been sold out to social, charitable or fraternal organizations. These audiences were often rather stiff and reserved. Dressed up, on their best behavior, conscious of themselves and of the other members of their cult — — they were careful as to what they applauded or laughed at.  And this was the hardest kind of audience to play to."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A campus newspaper in Illinois mentioned Mae West.
• • Cinemaguild presents The Marx Brothers in "Go West" and  Mae West in "She Done Him Wrong" on Friday and Saturday — 112 Gregory Hall 8 pm — Open to students, faculty, staff . . .
• • Source: Item in Daily Illini; published on Wednesday, 19 November 1969 
• • 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 3314th 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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