Friday, September 30, 2016

Mae West: Purified

In September 1933, MAE WEST sat down for a series of interviews with the West Coast syndicated columnist Willis Thornton. Last week, the first chapter was posted and here is chapter two, excerpt ee, which concludes this segment.
• • "Mae West Goes to Heaven as Little Eva But Goes to Prison for Her Own Show" • •
• • Written by Willis Thornton, NEA Services Writer • •
• • Willis Thornton wrote: A Jury awarded Mae 10 days on Welfare Island and $10,000 worth of priceless publicity. 
• • Visiting royalty seldom got more attention than Mae West got during her brief sojourn in the "gow" at Welfare Island. Interviews, pictures, magazine articles on her experiences, "color" for new plays, and a swell time were had by all, especially by Mae. When the 10 days were up, the author-producer-star was full of new plays and plans.
• • Purified by this ordeal of punishment for her histronic sins, Mae West was ready now to go on to the triumph that was to make "Diamond Lil" a national heroine and Lil's regal figure a beacon of hope alike for the declining corset industry and the woman who never could stay on a diet.
• • NEXT: A new feminine ideal appears, and what Mae West thinks it will mean to women.
• • NOTE: This is the second of three stories on Mae West, the buxom actress who is restoring curves to feminine favor.  [A lengthy section, it will be posted piece by piece this week. This post was excerpt ee, the finale of the second chapter.]
• • On Saturday, 30 September 1911 • •
• • On Friday, 22 September 1911, 18-year-old Mae West was in the spotlight. On that date, "A La Broadway" had opened at the Folies-Bergere Theatre, New York, NY. This short-lived revue (produced in an expensive venue) closed on Saturday night, 30 September 1911.
• • Variety noted on September 30th: "Folies Bergere Experiment Reaching an End."
• • On Sunday, 30 September 1934 • •
• • Andre Sennwald wrote an article "Lines for a Mae West Scrapbook." It was published in The New York Times on Sunday, 30 September 1934.
• • On Saturday, 30 September 1944 • •
• • On Saturday, 30 September 1944 Mae West, who was playing the Empress of Russia, moved her show "Catherine Was Great" from the Shubert Theatre to the Royale, the playhouse that had originally welcomed Diamond Lil and her boisterous Bowery hijinx in 1928.
• • "Sex" by Mae West onstage in NYC — Sept 30 — Oct 2, 2016 • •
• • To kick off the 2016/2017 Residency with FRIGID @Horse Trade in NYC's East Village, The Dirty Blondes will present a staged reading of Mae West's play "Sex."
• • "Sex," about a sharp-witted prostitute looking for true love, was initially shut down in 1927 during its Broadway run, and its writer and lead actress Mae West was jailed for "lewdness and corrupting the youth."
• • Each evening offers a talk back with a special guest to explore just how extreme the play was for its time, and how it's still relevant today. The special guest for September 30th will be LindaAnn Loschiavo, whose plays include "Courting Mae West," "Diamond Lil, Queen of the Bowery," and others. Tell them you heard about it on The Mae West Blog.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • No less an authority than Edna Woolman Chase, editor-in-chief of Vogue, a smart fashion magazine, has been widely quoted as declaring that "we are really going Mae West."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I'm just as busy when I'm not making a movie."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Vincent Canby mentioned Mae West.
• • It says something about the sort of film "Bobby Deerfield" is that the audience is inclined to applaud at the sight of hot-air balloons. It also says something about me, I suppose, that this is the first film about automobile racing I've ever seen when I wished the movie would get back to the track. I'd put up with just about anything to avoid watching Mr. Pacino doing an imitation of Mae West . . .
• • Source: Film review for The New York Times; published on Friday, 30 September 1977 
• • 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 3542nd 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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