On Sunday, 2 May 1982, the MAE WEST bio-pic received this in-depth review by John J. O'Connor in The New York Times. This is Part 1.
• • TV View: "Ann Jillian Delivers a Fresh Portrait of Mae West" • •
• • John J. O'Connor wrote: If nothing else, television biographies are remarkable for their sheer variety. Golda Meir, as portrayed by Ingrid Bergman, is the subject of one production currently in circulation (the second half will be broadcast locally on WPIX-TV tomorrow evening at 8). In a couple of weeks, NBC will devote 10 hours to Marco Polo and his travels in the 13th century. And tonight at 9, ABC is offering ''Mae West,'' described by the network as the story of an actress ''who built her stardom on sex, yet struggled to find fulfillment with the one man she truly loved.''
• • Legend . . . doesn't necessarily have anything to do with truth • •
• • The viewer is advised at the outset that the script, written by E. Arthur Kean, is ''based on events in the life of the legendary Mae West.'' Legend, of course, doesn't necessarily have anything to do with truth. In this case, certain autobiographical facts are embellished with several of Miss West's more famous comments about life and sex (''When I'm good, I'm very good; when I'm bad, I'm better''), some of them taken out of their original performance context and delivered as passing conversation. In the process, the woman behind the public image emerges as a trailblazing feminist and a brave denouncer of censorship. . . .
• • This was Part 1. Tomorrow you can read Part 2.
• • Source: TV Review by John J. O'Connor for The N.Y. Times; published on Sunday, 2 May 1982.
• • On Thursday, 3 May 1934 • •
• • On Thursday, 3 May 1934, the headline "Mae West Scouts Talk of Rift" appeared in The Los Angeles Times. The article quotes Mae West's denial of a rift between herself and Jim Timony. The actress emphasized that they were not sweethearts, but he's still her business manager.
• • On Tuesday, 3 May 1938 • •
• • On Tuesday, 3 May 1938, the Hollywood Reporter carried coverage about the Mae West movie "Klondike Annie."
• • On Sunday, 3 May 1959 • •
• • For "The Dean Martin Show," broadcast Sunday night on 3 May 1959, his chosen guest stars were Mae West and Bob Hope. "Dean's guest ace on May 3rd will be Mae West, normally a reluctant TV participant," said one newspaper columnist. Timex was Dean's sponsor.
• • On Tuesday, 3 May 2011 • •
• • TV lovers who tuned in at 6:30 AM on Tuesday, 3 May 2011 were treated to a re-run of "Mr. Ed." In this episode, Mr. Ed overhears Mae West commissioning Wilbur on creating ultra deluxe stables for her horses. When Ed overhears the conversation, he starts to get discontented with his own surroundings. So much fun.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • It was Mae West's folly in wearing $16,000 in diamonds — and not hiring a bodyguard. What if the robber had hit her over the head?
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Let me have around me men — — and let it go at that."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A fan magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • "Night After Night" — George Raft attains stardom in a peppy, but otherwise commonplace gangster picture, in which George runs a speakeasy and falls in love with a society girl (Constance Cummings). Newcomer Mae West almost steals the picture. (Paramount) . . .
• • Source: Motion Picture; issue dated for February 1933
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• • By the Numbers • •
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