Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mae West: Girls Write Me

In September 1934, MAE WEST was interviewed by Leicester Wagner [1904 — 1965], 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 bb.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West (as told to Leicester Wagner) • •
• • Appeals for Money • •
• • Many appeals for money are made to me, as is the case with the rest of the stars. Every one of these letters gives me a jolt, for I well know there is too much suffering in ths world. Yet I just can't comply with all the requests.
• • Women Ask Advice • •
• • Letters from women amaze me most and I'm not easily amazed. They pour out their hearts to me. Many want advice on how to get a husband. As many ask me how to hold him. I spend what little spare time I have taking care of the answers.
• • In the past two years I believe  I've probably prevented more young girls from running away from home than any person in America. It seems that whenever things don't go right at home, girls write to me and ask me what I think about them running away.
• • Knows by Experience • • 
• • From the experience of having had an understanding mother — — and now having lost her — — I always can truthfully tell them that their mothers know best.  I usually am rewarded with a later letter in these cases, admitting that my words made them stay home and that things are working out well for them.
• • 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  . .  .
• • This has been Part 7 of "Me and My Past."  Section cc appears tomorrow on Thursday.
• • This syndicated serial from United Press was rpt in The Indianapolis Star; published on      Friday, 7  September 1934.
• • On Monday, 14 September 1931 • •
• • On Monday, 14 September 1931, Mae West's Harlem drama "The Constant Sinner" opened on Broadway.  Mae took the role of Babe Gordon.
• • On Friday, 14 September 1951 • •
• • "Diamond Lil," after a regional tour, returned to the Broadway Theatre for a victory lap. Gus Jordan's Gay Nineties saloon on the Bowery was seen again on The Great White Way beginning on Friday, 14 September 1951.
• • Two months later, Mae West and her gaudy retinue took their final bows on 10 November 1951 after this "last stand" on Broadway — — yes, sixty-seven performances.
• • In 2013, "Diamond Lil" was revamped for a small cast and shortened to 90 minutes by LindaAnn Loschiavo; it enjoyed a run on West 46th Street in New York City.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mickey Hargitay parlayed his perfect physique and handsomeness into a performing career when Mae West tapped him to be a musclemen in her "Mae West Revue."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Look beautiful at the breakfast table."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Haverford, Pennsylvania monthly mentioned Mae West.
• • Robert C. Bone wrote:  It should be sufficient to record the fact that a new Mae West picture has been released. For Mae stands unique and alone, defying imitators because more than one of her kind is inconceivable. Like the Marx brothers, then, she should be the sole excuse for her vehicles, and they should be concerned with nothing but the exploitation of her indispensable humour.  . . .
• • Source: Item in The Haverfordian; published in  January 1934 
• • 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.
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