Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mae West: Impeccable Blondness

On Wednesday, 17 August 2016, delightfully sassy Jezebel Magazine commemorated MAE WEST.
• • "Celebrate Mae West's Birthday by Leaning Over Your Own Cleavage and Making a Risqué Witticism" • •
• • Kelly Faircloth wrote: Mae West was born on this day, in Brooklyn, in 1893. This is a great excuse to take yourself out somewhere saucy, throw a fur stole across your shoulder — faux is fine — and raise a glass of champagne.
• • Kelly Faircloth continued:  In her 1980 obituary, the New York Times called West “the epitome of playfully vulgar sex in the United States,” writing:      Dressing in skin-tight gowns, bedecking herself in jewels, maintaining an impeccable blondness and offering innuendos in a sultry voice, Miss West posed as a small-town Lothario’s dream of sexual abandonment in Sodom and Gomorrah.
• • Kelly Faircloth explained:    Her heyday spanned the 1920s and 1930s when as Diamond Lil she devised her own legend in films, on stage, in nightclubs and on records, not only performing, but also writing much of her own material. She continued acting on into the ‘70s, and in a career stretching over six decades she became a millionaire.       ‘’It isn’t what I do, but how I do it,’’ she said.  . . .
• • Source: Article: "Celebrate Mae West's Birthday by Leaning Over Your Own Cleavage and Making a Risqué Witticism" for Jezebel Magazine; published on Wednesday, 17 August 2016.
• • On Wednesday, 17 August 17 2016 in Greenwich Village • • 
• • LindaAnn Loschiavo, who wrote "Courting Mae West" and "Diamond Lil, Queen of the Bowery," packed the house at Jefferson Market Library for the Annual Mae West Tribute. 
• • The library is the former Police Court, where Mae stood before a magistrate on February 9, 1927. He sent the actress to Jefferson Jail. Then came her trial.
• • PHOTO: courtesy of Suzannah B. Troy (Mae West devotee)
• • On Sunday, 18 August 1935 • •
• • In 1935 the discovery of Mae West's marriage license was still big enough news that The Gleaner carried a story on 18 August 1935 saying that Frank Wallace and Trixie Le Mae were visiting her mother, Lena Carey.
• • "Yesterday, incidentally, was Miss West's birthday," revealed her former husband Frank Wallace to the news media, "and — — she was 42."
• • "The nerve of a brass monkey," was Mae West's response.
• • On Monday, 18 August 1952 • •
• • The Lake Whalom Playhouse in Fitchburg, Massachusetts was happy to invite a Broadway star to delight its New England audience. Mae West was featured in their Program dated for the week of 18 August 1952.  Mae was starring in the play "Come On Up" (first known as "Ring Twice Tonight").
• • On Wednesday, 18 August 1954 • •
• • In her Hollywood column, syndicated on Wednesday, 18 August 1954, Louella Parsons wrote: "Mae West, who knocked them for a loop in Las Vegas, is at Malibu taking a vacation before she opens in Reno."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West sang loud enough to be distinctly heard in the rear.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I can't see myself horsing around with hockey players in a business way. It would make me feel unappealing. Any time I show my authority over the male sex, it's got to be 100 percent emotional."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
Boris Petroff, Mae, Jim Timony
• • A California paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Russian Dancer Locates In Coronado • •
• • With the announcement that he will send talented pupils to Hollywood, Victor Petroff, internationally known Russian dancer, has located in Coronado and will give dancing lessons at the Masonic Hall.
• • Petroff recently completed his contract with Paramount Pictures as dance director for the picture “Hats Off,” starring Mae West. The Petroffs have long been recognized in the theatre world. Boris, Victor’s brother, is one of Hollywood s leading directors and is under contract as Mae West’s director, his most recent film being “Hats Off.” Victor became famous as a dancer and later as a director of ballet groups in metropolitan centers throughout this country and Europe.  . . .
• • Source: Item in Coronado Eagle and Journal; published on Thursday, 18 August 1938
• • 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 3,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started twelve years ago in July 2004.
You are reading the 3511th 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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