In 1974, MAE WEST gave a long interview to Anjelica Huston and Peter Lester. This is Part 7.
• • Mae West: the Queen at Home in Hollywood • •
• • Written by Anjelica Huston and Peter Lester (Interview Magazine) • •
• • MAE WEST: The NYC officials said the play would harm the city and that they were not equipped to deal with it. What they meant was that they were afraid the gay boys would have taken over, but they were great! I'd take them home, two or three of them, to the country on weekends... even my mother loved them, they'd have a good time... make my mother hats... paint her nails... fix her hair... One boy, I'm telling you, he was the most gorgeous thing in an evening gown.
• • MAE WEST: Anyone can acquire homosexuality, there are variations of it, but I found out that the true-born homosexual has the soul of a female inside a male body. When the play opened it was a big hit, people were coming from New York and paying 50 or 60 dollars to get in. The audience loved it.
• • ANJELICA HUSTON AND PETER LESTER: Who was your favorite male star?
• • WEST: Cary Grant. I put him in a picture. I liked him so much I put him in twice.
• • HUSTON AND LESTER: Female stars?
• • WEST: I don't know, name some.
• • HUSTON AND LESTER: Jean Harlow?
• • WEST: Schoolgirl sex, she was before me.
• • HUSTON AND LESTER: Marilyn Monroe?
• • WEST: Same thing, schoolgirlish.
• • HUSTON AND LESTER: Ann-Margaret?
• • WEST: They can imitate me, but who can imitate Ann-Margaret?
• • HUSTON AND LESTER: What about W.C. Fields? . . .
• • This has been Part 7 of the interview written by Anjelica Huston and Peter Lester. Part 8 will continue tomorrow on Wednesday.
• • On Sunday, 6 September 1914 in the San Antonio Light • •
• • Mae West was so often at odds with the publisher of Variety that his reviews provided a steady downbeat of discouragement. Nevertheless, Mae had her own fan base. A reviewer from the San Antonio Light wrote this paragraph for the paper's weekend edition dated for Sunday, 6 September 1914:
• • Mae, chic, dainty, a Parisienne from the heels of her tiny slippers to the crown of her golden head, has truly as she claims "a style all her own." Fresh from the hands of Parisian modistes, merry Mae sings her songs and delivers her impromptu dialogue with a pleasing individuality that marks her for an even higher place in the professional field than she occupies now.
• • On Sunday, 6 September 1942 • •
• • A photo of Mae West, costumed as Diamond Lil, appeared in the American Weekly supplement of the Los Angeles Examiner (on page 7) on Sunday, 6 September 1942.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West nearly broke into politics in the Suffolk district when, at a recent Democratic convention, she polled two votes for secretary. Mae went down to defeat, however, when a poll was demanded and her supporters declined to identify themselves.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "All my pictures have made big money."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The American Heritage Magazine discussed Mae West.
• • Susannah McCorkle wrote: Embraced by the public the moment Mae West hit the movie screen in 1933 at the amazingly advanced age of 40, she still hasn't lost her grip on the American consciousness. Two decades after her death, she continues to be a source of fascination and controversy, one of the most powerful sexual and cultural figures of our — — as well as our grandparents' — — time. . . .
• • Source: Article written by Susannah McCorkle; published in the September 2001 issue
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •
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• • By the Numbers • •
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