Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mae West: Sex Goddess

On Monday,  24 November 1980, a California campus newspaper saluted MAE WEST.
• • "We were glad to see you, Mae" • •   
• • Hollywood — — Friends and admirers plan to bid a final farewell this week to sultry movie queen Mae West, whose sexy walk and sexy talk made her a Hollywood legend. West died Saturday at her home at age 87. She had spent the past three months in a hospital recuperating from a mild stroke. In the 1930s, West made herself a sex goddess with her hour-glass figure, brassy blonde hair and sexy walk. Her image sometimes got her into trouble and, once, even into jail. West made her stage debut in vaudeville at 5 in a singing and dancing act in which she was known as "Baby Vamp." Her 1926 appearance in a play called "Sex," got her an 8-day term in New York's city jail, but in 1928 she went on to the role of "Diamond Lil," a character which built the Mae West image. Her name even found its way into the dictionary after pilots of the Royal Air Force began calling their inflatable life-jackets "Mae Wests," in honor of her physique.
• • Source: tribute in The Stanford Daily (California); published on Monday, 24 November 1980.
• • On Tuesday, 24 November 1931 • •
• • On Tuesday, 24 November 1931 the newspaper Washington Herald reviewed "Constant Sinner." The D.C.-based drama critic wrote about the Greek-American actor George Givot's portrayal of the Harlem pimp Money Johnson as well as "the aroma of Mae West's hybrid dialogue."
• • On Wednesday, 24 November 1976 in Australia • •
• • An article "The Two Hidden Faces of Mae West" appeared in The Australian Women's Weekly on Wednesday, 24 November 1976.
• • On Monday, 24 November 1980 in the U.K. • •
• • British journalist Clancy Sigal fondly recalled the inflatable, durable, and anti-hypocrital genius of the late Mae West in London's Guardian. A lovely tribute.
• • Source: Article: "The saucy looks that said it all" written by Clancy Sigal for The Guardian; published on Monday, 24 November 1980
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Paramount is plastering posters all over town on Mae West in "Belle of the Nineties," which opens today at the Paramount for an indefinite run. It's expected to go four weeks.
Under the supervision of Robert Gillham and Alec Moss, 300 24-sheets, 500 six-sheets, 2,000 three-sheets and 5,000 one-sheets are being put up in Greater New York.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Come up sometime and see me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A British culture chronicler mentioned Mae West and Monkton House.
• • For The New York Times, correspondent Sheila Hale wrote:  Monkton House was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It was built in 1902 — 1903 for Mr. and Mrs. Willie James as a retreat from their damp and forbidding Edwardian mansion, West Dean, situated on a 6,000-acre estate just north of Chichester. In the late 1930s, Lutyens's cozy farmhouse idiom was sensationally reinterpreted by the Jameses' only son, Edward James. He filled the house with Surrealist art and artifacts, including a pair of sofas designed by his friend Salvador Dali in the shape of Mae West's lips, and redecorated the interior in a mixture of styles that both reflected and defied the taste of the period.  . . .
• • Source: Article: "Battle Over an Improbable House" written by Sheila Hale, Special to The New York Times; published on Thursday, 17 April 1986
• • 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 3318th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/

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