Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Mae West: Sex Appeal

MAE WEST was often interviewed by U.P.I.'s Hollywood columnist Vernon Scott. His lengthy article is continued from yesterday.
• • "Mae West, 84, Still A Siren" • • 
• • By Vernon Scott, Hollywood (UPI) 
• • Vernon Scott wrote:   Her dainty, manicured fingers were heavy with diamonds the size of searchlights.
• • Mae, still single and living in the same fancy apartment she has inhabited for almost a half century, looks like a Reubens' painting. One suspects, as in the case of Dorian Gray, that in a closet somewhere an original portrait is in tatters.
• • When, if ever, will the old sex appeal fade for Mae?
• • Sex Appeal • •
• • "Age has nothing to do with it," she said in a throaty contralto. "Look at the young actresses today. I don't know why none of them are sex symbols.  It's all in a girl's personality and body movements. It's also in the voice and mind. Sex is an attitude. I can read a line one way and get into trouble with the censors. Another actress can read the same line and nothing happens. Maybe it's just that I'm aware of sex.  I'm not against women's lib but I believe in maintaining the differences between the sexes. A woman is never too old for romance — — and neither is a man."  
• • Mae says: "I was born that way!" • •
• • Mae quoted from an old song she wrote: "I've got a style that's all my own. I've got a smile that stands alone. I've got a different walk, a peculiar sway. I'm not acting, I was born that way." She smiled enigmatically and added, "I never was nude or anywhere near it in my pictures. And there was never any naughty language, not even a 'damn' or 'hell.' But the censors were after me all the time."
• • Mae recalled that her three most famous lines are all quoted the world over. . . .
• • To be concluded tomorrow.
• • Source: Syndicated Hollywood column written by Vernon Scott and reprinted across the USA during February and March 1977.
• • On Thursday, 9 March 1933 • •
• • On Thursday, 9 March 1933, a letter was sent by Will H. Hays, President, MPPDA, to James Wingate, Director, Studio Relations, Association of Motion Picture Producers. The bone they had to pick was Mae West's "She Done Him Wrong." Hays emphasized: "I cannot too strongly urge you to proceed in the strict enforcement of the Code. ..."
• • Did Will Hays tuck into others as much as he cut into Mae West?
• • On Monday, 9 March 1936 • •
• • It was inside their weekly issue dated for Monday, 9 March 1936 that readers could read a review of "Klondike Annie" printed in Time Magazine.
• • On Tuesday, 9 March 2004 • •
• • Starring Mae West, "Myra Breckinridge" [20th Century Fox, 1970] was issued as a DVD Release on Tuesday, 9 March 2004.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Night After Night" was 73 minutes long. No one remembers anything about this film except for the hilarious moments when Mae West was onscreen.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I had in mind several stories as possibilities, and between shows I secluded myself at my hotel or in my dressing room and did some real work."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Market Watch mentioned Mae West.
• • “Brains are an asset, if you hide them.” 
• • Ciara Linnane wrote:  That quote from Mae West offers a glimpse from way back when Tinseltown was ruled by powerful men, and adorable little women were treated like second-class citizens... with cleavage. Ross Putnam, a Hollywood producer, delivered an epic tweet-storm this week to show just how far we’ve come since those dark days. Short version: Not very.  . . .
• • Source: Article in Market Watch; published on  Thursday, 11 February 2016 
• • 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 3,300 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3394th 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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