Thursday, July 07, 2016

Mae West: Heritage Haul

Numerous MAE WEST Estate items were offered for sale in June 2016.   
• • Los Angeles resident Damon Devine went to a special Heritage Auction preview of the Mae West Estate items with Chris Basinger in Beverly Hills, California.
• • Mr. Devine wrote: "Very intimate. I made two videos from the night and posted only a few photos of what I actually took. It was very exciting and quite an emotional experience, really. We didn't know anyone, which was actually nice in this particular case. Everything went for massive money. Much more than expected. It is believed famous people bid and won almost everything to possibly put in the Academy of Motion Picture arts and Sciences. That's good, for the most part. 
• • Photo:  Mae's red shoes, courtesy of Damon Devine• • Note: we'll post more auction pictures another time
• • On Friday, 7 July 1916 in Variety • •
• • The resident scold sat stone-faced through "Mae West and Sister" at Proctor's Theatre near Madison Square Park. Later on, Sime Silverman pulled up his tight garters as he sniffed and snorted behind his keyboard like an overheated carriage horse. "Unless Miss West can tone down her stage presence in every way," he sneered, "she just might as well hop right out of vaudeville and into burlesque." And if the unabashed Brooklynite was going to continue to be so disarmingly aggressive, Sime scolded Mae by suggesting that she should get up onstage next time in "men's dress altogether."
• • "Mae West now has a red carpet rolled out," Sime explained in Variety on Friday, 7 July 1916. "She loses much by occasionally overstepping the line between facetiousness and freshness. When she learns to draw the line, she will have made a marked stride in the right direction."  Thanks, big boy!
• • On Thursday, 7 July 1938 • •
• • A 1938 headline in The Sydney Morning Herald tooted: "Mae West and Clark Gable." The screen queen was in her mid-40s and the leading man was 37 years old.
• • "Film News of the Week" announced: It seems impossible to avoid the topic of the new star teams. The latest to be announced is the partnership of Mae West and Clark Gable, who are proposed for the latest roles in "New Orleans," an original story by the man who wrote "San Francisco."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The National Council of Women in America has banned famous studios such as Paramount Pictures and United Artists because of suggestive and indecent pictures they have produced.  It is rumored that the ban may mean the end of the careers of Mae West and Anna Sten at Hollywood.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "When a woman says 'maybe' she means 'yes' and when she says 'no' she means 'maybe.' But not me. When I said 'no' — I didn't mean maybe!"  
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Henri Béhar wrote: A majorly underrated director and a scholar of popular culture, Paul Morrissey is also one of the savviest filmbuffs — — he can improvise the entire conversation at a (fictional) dinner given chez George Cukor with Garbo, Hepburn and Mae West, using lines from their respective movies. . . .
• • Source: Item in 1998 Karlovy Vary Film Festival Diaries; posted on Thursday, 9 July 1998
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past twelve 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 twelve years ago in July 2004.
You are reading the 3481st 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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