Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Mae West: Sexuberant Sexpert

According to Motion Picture, MAE WEST has brought men back to the movies. Let's read more.
• • Sexuberant Sexpert of the Silver Screen • •
• • Motion Picture wrote: Paramount Pictures contributed another naughty nifty, when an inspired publicity writer sent forth this pithy paragraph to a weary world: "Sexactly how Mae West, sexquisite sexuberant sexpert of the screen, sexploited sex still has America sexcited."
• • Motion Picture wrote: Then the advice of the public decided Paramount to put a curb on Mae West's astonishing opinions on sex, diamonds, feminine curves and getting-your-man. Now, thanks to motherly advice from women's clubs and the home circle, Mae is issuing soft and safe little platitudes anent respectability and assuring the world that she neither drinks nor smokes (which, by the way, is true) and that her private life is as respectable as any lady's (another statement that cannot be challenged).
• • Motion Picture wrote: But there are other advisers who point out that Mae West has brought men back to the movies — — and men, who may feel self-conscious about writing letters, have been heard from only sparingly. In other words, women may unconsciously be trying to make Mae more like themselves and less of a stand-out sensation who intrigues men (from their February 1934 issue).
• • On Monday, 3 August 1942 • •
• • The issue of Newsweek dated for Monday, 3 August 1942 included this very oddly-worded and misleading headline: "Mae West divorces after 21 years of marriage."
• • On Thursday, 3 August 1944 • •
• • "Catherine Was Great" opened on Wednesday, 2 August 1944. Reviews appeared soon after.
• • The Herald Tribune reported on Thursday, 3 August 1944: "Mae West came to Broadway last night, decked out like a battleship in a swimming pool ....
• • 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 • •
• • Behind the enormous wall director George Cukor erected on Cordell Drive to ensure privacy for himself and his guests, Katharine Hepburn trysted with Spencer Tracy, Greta Garbo rubbed elbows with Mae West, and the likes of Vivien Leigh, Tallulah Bankhead and Cole Porter enjoyed Cukor's unparalleled hospitality.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  “I've always been two people. Most stars are just told what to think. But I told the director what to think."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Hollywood reporter mentioned Mae West.
• • We mentioned Mae West. "A lady who will tell anything, and does," said Mrs. Calhoun, adding, "Everything printed about her is censored by her studio. ...
• • Source: Item in The Des Moines Register; published on Sunday, 30 May 1937
• • 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 3500th 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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