MAE WEST was often interviewed by United Press International's popular Hollywood correspondent and columnist for 52 years, Vernon Scott [13 February 1923 — 18 November 2002], who was born in San Francisco, California. Here's one of his iconic close-ups.
• • "Mae West, 84, Still A Siren" • •
• • By Vernon Scott, Hollywood (UPI)
• • Vernon Scott wrote: The wailing may be somewhat subdued but Mae West is still a siren, at least in her own mind, and she's back at work in a new movie appropriately titled "Sextette." At the age of 84, Mae is making only her 12th motion picture. Her first was "Night After Night" in 1931 [sic].
• • "I know it seems like I've made more, honey," said Mae, her voice heavy with the allure of the vamps of old. "I could have made a hundred pictures. But I didn't want to saturate the public with myself. "Some of the other ladies made one picture after another and the first thing they knew it all stopped."
• • Mae apparently is unstoppable. Her most recent movie was "Myra Breckinridge" with Raquel Welch in 1970. It was a bomb. Prior to that she hadn't made a picture since "The Heat's On" in 1943.
• • In all her films Mae is an unabashed sex symbol. She continues to play the siren in "Sextette" — — a lady who goes through six husbands.
• • On stage and off, Mae plays the part to the hilt. In her trailer dressing room at Paramount Studios, Mae lounged on a couch. She wore a white, satin-like dressing gown with white fur-like material at the collar and cuffs.
• • Part of her blonde hair was piled atop her head, long tresses tumbled past her shoulders. Her hairdo hasn't changed in 45 years. One could not detect a wrinkle on the smooth textured skin of her face, impossible though it may seem. To all outward appearances the octogenarian sex symbol also retains her hourglass figure, another fact which stretches credulity. Her dainty, manicured fingers were heavy with diamonds the size of searchlights. . . .
• • To be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: Syndicated Hollywood column written by Vernon Scott and reprinted across the USA during February and March 1977.
• • On Wednesday, 8 March 1978 • •
• • Mae West was discussed in a few news items prepared for Variety Magazine's issue dated for Wednesday, 8 March 1978.
• • On Monday, 8 March 2004 in The L.A. Times • •
• • Kevin Thomas's article "A beguiling mixture of daring and dignity" appeared in The L.A. Times on Monday, 8 March 2004. The L.A. Times Staff Writer and venerable movie critic wrote: Mae West, whom I came to know well in the last decades of her life, was a truly daring performer — — a suggestive dancer and singer who discovered the shimmy in Chicago clubs and a playwright who dealt with prostitution and homosexuality. But at heart she was a lady, which is precisely why she could get away with so much when she combined a split-second timing and the famous quips that made her one of the most quoted performing artists of all time. Her innate dignity and ironclad self-confidence allowed her to be breathtakingly direct with a man who attracted her, but at the same time she valued privacy and took pains to preserve hers, which only added to her mystique. . . .
• • On Sunday, 8 March 2009 in The Buffalo News • •
• • In her enjoyable article "Wisecracking West was clearly a figure to be reckoned with," Carol Crissey Nigrelli ran with this first paragraph: Mae West reigns as one of the great architectural wonders of the 20th century. Her zaftig figure inspired legions of late-night comics and female impersonators. Fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who badly misjudged the actress' tiny waist measurement, made up for some ill-fitting dresses by creating a perfume bottle in Mae West's shape. ...
• • In case you missed it, Carol Crissey Nigrelli's article was published in The Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY) on Sunday, 8 March 2009. Delightful. Go online and read it in its entirety.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Go West Young Man," the hilarious comedy starring Mae West, has a storyline that is, strangely enough, entirely unlike her own life as an outstanding film industry luminary.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Good sex is like good bridge. If you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Palm Springs paper mentioned Mae West.
• • W. R. Hillery wrote: On the pictorial page of the Los Angeles Times for March 7 appears a picture of “Sourdough” Martin Itjen, crashing the news in New York. Martin and his Skagway street car visited Cathedral City and Palm Springs a few years ago after he had Mae West pose with him and his car. . . .
• • Source: Item in Desert Sun; published on Friday, 8 March 1940
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •
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• • By the Numbers • •
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