Monday, August 01, 2016

Mae West: Non Drinking

MAE WEST had visits from a member of the Nassour family. This remembrance continues from Friday, when Part 7 was posted.
• • "After knowing Ms. West for seven years through a family connection, I had the pleasure of working with her to promote a recording project of some of her famous movie lines," wrote Ellis Nassour in 1985.  Insisting he had "rare access," he self published this lengthy remembrance.  This is Part 8.  The misspelt words have been corrected. Some of the more questionable recollections and inaccuracies have been marked by "sic."
• • Memorable Visits with "Aunt Mae" • •
• • Ellis Nassour recalled Mae West's words about W.C. Fields:  "Bill wanted to write a scene for himself, and demanded co-billing." 
• • Ellis Nassour  observed:  Their real problem, Ms. West reported, was when W.C. Fields began drinking on the set. "I had a non-drinking clause in my contract and he was holding up the  company. It got so bad, I told Lester [Cowan, the producer] and Eddie [Cline, the director], 'Pour him outta here!' Somehow, we managed to finish it. Over the years, millions have seen it. It's probably his best-remembered picture. Universal kept saying what a great team we were, and wanted us to do another picture. But one was enough."
• • Ellis Nassour  remembered a question he asked her:  Does she ever grow tired of being Mae West?  She looked at me with utter incredulity. "No. You can't get enough of a good thing. My life and career have been fulfilling and satisfying. I have no regrets. I accomplished a lot and had fun. I was always an individualist — — a loner. As a kid, I never had much time to mix with other children, but I didn't miss that. Growing up in show business made me a lot smarter."
• • Ellis Nassour concluded with this:  She said that it was vital to know your worth, especially in a business as fickle as show business. "I always pushed. I never stood still. I called the shots. I never allowed myself to be treated second class because I was a woman.  There are still people who resent me because I was nobody's fool. The thing I'm proudest of is that I broke a lot of ground." 
• • This has been Part 8.  Part 8 is the last installment.  [Ellis Nassour © 1985; all rights reserved; used with permission].
• • On Sunday, 1 August 1937 • •
• • Frank Wallace, the man Mae West wed in April 1911 but ditched soon after, seemed to have the best memory in the world. Or so he convinced the Los Angeles reporter who sat down with him for this lengthy interview published in Singapore on Sunday, 1 August 1937. It was titled:  "Mae West's Romance Told by Husband."
• • On Sunday, 1 August 1971 • •
• • Mae West was featured in Parade Magazine in their issue dated for Sunday, 1 August 1971.   
• • Save the Date: Wednesday, 17 August 2016 • •
• • Mae West: New Yorker, Vaudevillian, Upstart, and Jailbird — — a Birthday Celebration! • •
• • Link: Mae West event on August 17, 2016
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • It was never what Mae West said as much as how she said it.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "I wore diamonds on every finger since 'She Done Him Wrong.' Now all the kids are doin' it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Stanford Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Sunday and Monday — — Mae West in "Goin' to Town"  . . .
• • Source: Item in The Stanford Daily; published on Thursday,  1 August 1935
• • 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.
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