In September 1934, MAE WEST was interviewed by Leicester Wagner, a United Press Staff Correspondent for a lengthy 8-installment interview. This week we will reprint Part 7, a portion at a time because there is a lot to type. This section is cc.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West (as told to Leicester Wagner) • •
• • Stay with Hubby! • •
• • Women who are thinking about leaving their husbands also must believe I know all the answers. Not having a husband, I feel that they are placing a great deal of confidence in the angle I give them. But a number of husbands, who still have their wives today, would be surprised to know that they have them because I advised the wives to give them another chance.
• • When I started production of "The Belle of the Nineties" the story went out that I would have three men in my picture life — — Roger Pryor, John Mack Brown and John Miljan. My mall immediately reflected this announcement, letters coming from all over the world asking me how the writers could handle three men at once.
• • Keep 'em Apart • •
• • It's just like having two dates on the same night — — okay if you can keep 'em apart.
• • My mail laughs are many. Here's one from a university man: "One of our professors here at Yale, where your honored writer is a senior, has advised every one in his classes to attend your movies. Another very honorable and austere gentleman, who happens to be one of the world's best known philosophers, was describing some very deep and abstract philosophical problem in class the other day."
• • "And after he had finished, this little bewhiskered gentleman exclaims: 'Do I make myself, as Mae West says, clear'?"
• • This has been the finale of Part 7 of "Me and My Past." There are 8 parts in all.
• • This syndicated serial from United Press was rpt in The Indianapolis Star; published on Friday, 7 September 1934.
• • On Tuesday, 15 September 1931 • •
• • The article “Mae West Returns” was printed in The New York Sun on Tuesday, 15 September 1931.
• • The review "Play 'Constant Sinner' Opens" was seen in the New York American on the same date: Tuesday, 15 September 1931.
• • On Wednesday, 15 September 1937 • •
• • It was on Wednesday, 15 September 1937 when newsstands in the Midwest carried this headline: "Michigan Sprint Star Plays Bit in Mae West Film." The reference was to athlete Sam Stoller [1915 — 1985] who was born in Cincinnati. After winning the 100-yard championship, Sam Stoller announced that he intended to pursue a career as "a crooner Movie Star" and, subsequently, became known as "Singin' Sammy Stoller."
• • Sam Stoller's first part was in a crowd scene at the legendary New York cafe Rector's in Mae West's "Every Day's a Holiday," when he was 22 years old.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West herself parodied actress Greta Garbo in the film within a film, "The Drifting Lady" in "Go West Young Man."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “The wages of sin are sables and a film contract.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • And article on Cole Porter mentioned Mae West.
• • Ned Sherrin wrote: 'Every morning at half past seven, Cole Porter leaps lightly out of bed and, having said his prayers, arranges himself in a riding habit. Then, having written a song or two, he will appear at the stroke of half past twelve at the Ritz, where leaning in a manly way on the bar, he will say: "Champagne cocktail, please. Had a marvellous ride this morning!" . . .
• • Ned Sherrin wrote: Farming is only charming because 'Dear Mae West is at her best in the hay.'
• • Source: Item in The Spectator (London); published on Thursday, 14 September 1967
• • 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 3531st
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • in 1937 • •
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