MAE WEST needed reading glasses and did her best to hide that fact from her fans. It was frowned upon, at that time in Tinseltown, for an actress to don a pair of eyeglasses in public. Here is just one of the occasions when she used a lorgnette to read in public in 1934.
• • Motion Picture wrote: At a banquet held in honor of Emanuel Cohen, Paramount executive, Mae West surprised all those present by drawing a lorgnette from her purse and using it to read her speech. Leave it to Mae to do something startling every time.
• • Motion Picture added: The picture on page 36 [of Motion Picture], taken at the dinner, shows Emanuel Cohen, Mae West, and Gary Cooper and they seem to be enjoying a good laugh. Perhaps it is over the intriguing lorgnette episode. Or Mae may have put over a new witticism.
• • Source: Item from Motion Picture; issue published in December 1934.
• • On Monday, 27 June 1949 • •
• • Richard Coogan was still appearing on Broadway in the role of Captain Cummings opposite Mae West in "Diamond Lil" when he auditioned for a TV series. Coogan was cast as Captain Video on the DuMont Television Network on Monday, 27 June 1949.
• • On Sunday, 27 June 1954 • •
• • On Sunday night, 27 June 1954, Mae West delighted the Las Vegas club goers — — and the female patrons stormed the stage — — when the bodybuilders in "The Mae West Revue" filed into the Sahara's Congo Room.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West replied, examining the script through a bejeweled lorgnette. She referred the attorney to Larry Lee, her secretary since the late 1920s, for an explanation.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I have had to do my share of outsmarting men through necessity."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Photoplay Magazine Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Cal York wrote: After this, anything's likely to happen. You don't have to imagine Mae West with a lorgnette — you can see her with one.
• • Cal York added: Hollywood got its first glimpse of the haughty article at Emanuel Cohen's recent testimonial dinner — when Mae impressively eyed the assembled guests through it. She says she always has carried one — but maybe she was bashful before. Hollywood, slowly recovering, expects a monocle any day now. . . .
• • Source: Item in Cal York's column "Gossip" for Photoplay; published in January 1935
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