On Sunday, 5 January 1936, MAE WEST appeared in a large ad for Paramount's Silver Jubilee Pictures.
• • The title of her motion picture was (at that time) being called "Now I'm a Lady" co-starring Paul Cavanaugh.
• • Source: Item in The Sunday Times (Perth); published on Sunday, 5 January 1936.
• • John Patrick West [March 1866 — 5 January 1935] • •
• • Despite having an ambivalent relationship with her father, Mae West took after him and also worked for him when he peddled fruit in Brooklyn and when he helmed a "detective agency" in New Jersey and New York City. Before opening his own operation, West had walked the beat in Coney Island and elsewhere in Brooklyn.
• • Born on Manhattan's Lower East Side in March 1866, John Patrick West [called "Jack"] grew up feisty, impatient, and strong. As a child he boasted that he'd rather fight than eat. He got his Irish up rather quickly, remembered Mae. He was easily angered and "always ready to do physical violence when the urge was on him." In 1969, Mae revealed in an interview that she thought her father was cruel — — but realized "all his fighting was done doing other people's fighting for them."
• • Jack West was 7 years old in 1873 when his family moved from Avenue C (near the docks) in Manhattan to the borough of Brooklyn, settling first in Red Hook, and then in Greenpoint.
• • On 19 January 1889, in Greenpoint, Battling Jack West and Tillie Delker took their wedding vows before a local minister with Jack's sister Julia West acting as maid of honor.
• • On Saturday, 5 January 1935, "Battling Jack" heard the final countdown; he passed away in Oakland, California of a stroke.
• • On this date we remember John Patrick West with love and respect.
• • On Wednesday, 5 January 1938 • •
• • "Paramount: Mae West Most Likely All Washed Up" was the downbeat headline in Variety Magazine on Wednesday, 5 January 1938. After the NBC broadcast brouhaha, Paramount began monitoring audience feedback to the coming attractions that were onscreen at the New York City Paramount Theatre. Their investigators noted that, since the Adam and Eve skit was on the air, audience members were greeting trailers showing Mae West with generous applause. There was also some hissing and Variety chose to focus on the negative. Typical.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Any film involving Mae West was bound to attract the censor, felt Joseph Breen of the MPPDA censorship board.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "That's why I want you to see her story — — because her-story is the real lowdown."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Daily Kent Stater mentioned Mae West.
• • From Mae West to Twiggy, women have been told to create curves, debase curves, create any shadow of their figure from skinny beanpoles to voluptuous willow trees. . . .
• • Source: from a book review printed by Daily Kent Stater; published on Thursday, 4 January 1973
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