• • TV View: "Ann Jillian Delivers a Fresh Portrait of Mae West" • •
• • John J. O'Connor wrote: In private, Mama warns that it's a man's world. Mae says, ''I hate it, Mama, and you hate it, too.'' Then Mama gets to the message that will influence the rest of Mae's life: ''Don't stick yourself with one man, make your own world.'' From that point on, supposedly, Mae was never able to sustain a monogamous relationship with a man.
• • She does manage to remain surprisingly demure for several years. Her marriage to Frank Wallace, a song-and-dance man who became her vaudeville partner, seems, according to this television version of things, never to have been consummated. When a producer offers Mae a contract as a solo act, she is quite content to have Frank sent off for 40 weeks on another performing circuit. Frank is never seen again, as Mae sets about trying to develop her own act. She begins as ''The Cave Girl,'' bumping and grinding furiously for the customers.
• • A pained Rene ''Val'' Valentine, a female impersonator played coolly by Roddy McDowall, takes Mae under his protective wing. ''I want to be a star,'' she declares. ''Stars are not pieced together,'' says he, ''look inside yourself.'' Enter a successful lawyer named Jim Timony (James Brolin), who will become the one true love in her life. He, too, urges her to be ''natural'' on stage. ''If I was ever able to put the real me up there, you'd be getting me out of jail,'' Mae says prophetically.
• • Gradually, though, ''The Cave Girl'' does begin to assume some of the characteristics of the later Mae West. Val is impressed, but, . . .
• • This was Part 3. Tomorrow you can read Part 4.
• • Source: TV Review by John J. O'Connor for The N.Y. Times; published on Sunday, 2 May 1982.
• • On Saturday, 5 May 1928 in The New Yorker • •
• • When John Huston [1906 — 1987] watched Mae West in the 1928 stage production of "Diamond Lil," the 22-year-old son of actor Walter Huston could not stop thinking about it. John saved his copy of The New Yorker [issue dated 5 May 1928] because he especially admired the illustration of a corseted, glittering, winsome Mae by the Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias. Soon after, the men collaborated on Huston's fascinating book "Frankie and Johnny."
• • On Saturday, 5 May 1934 • •
• • "Mae West Arrives" was the headline on page 11 in Queensland's Morning Bulletin on Saturday, 5 May 1934. A host of compliments ran, like a elegant train, behind her.
• • Morning Bulletin wrote: Mae West makes you greedy. When you see "She Done Him Wrong" you want more and more of Mae. She is like the most thrilling serial story in the world.
• • On Friday, 5 May 1972 • •
• • Roger Greenaway recorded "Ballad of Mae West (Come Up And See Me Sometime)"; composers: Macaulay, Greenaway; arranger Lew Warburton. The label was Bell in the United Kingdom.
• • Release date of Friday, 5 May 1972 was given in booklet 'The New Singles' No. 423.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West in "Goin' to Town" established an opening day record at the Paramount. First day's receipts exceeded the previous record by $100.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "So the men rule the world and the women rule the men — — though they don't know it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • "Intimate goings-on of the stars at work and play" • •
• • Frank Morley wrote: That famous sex-appeal expert, Mae West, is working under wraps, apparently, in "She Done Him Wrong," which she also wrote — but she'll find a way to take your attention away from the showgirls! . . .
• • Source: Motion Picture; issue dated for March 1933
• • 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 3,400 blog posts. Wow!
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3435th 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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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • in 1933 • •
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