Thursday, September 08, 2016

Mae West: Young Crowd

In 1974, MAE WEST gave a long interview to Anjelica Huston and Peter Lester. This is Part 9, yes, the final installment. 
• • Mae West: the Queen at Home in Hollywood • •
• • Written by Anjelica Huston and Peter Lester (Interview Magazine) • •
• • ANJELICA HUSTON AND PETER LESTER:  Is this the reason you're a star?
• • MAE WEST: Of course.
• • HUSTON AND LESTER:  Do you play the piano?
• • MAE WEST: I used to play a little boogie woogie. I play the drums, throw up the sticks and all. I did a lot of tricks like that, but I never fitted drums into the picture.
• • HUSTON AND LESTER: Do you travel?
• • WEST: I don't like traveling, it's work for me.
• • HUSTON AND LESTER: Do you intend to go on working?
• • WEST: I think I must. My fans love me. They holler in the streets and ask me for my autograph when I go out in my car. It's the young crowd that like me. They write begging for me to work. Maybe I'll do Diamond Lil again... in color.
• • This has been Part 9 of the interview written by Anjelica Huston and Peter Lester.  This vibrant transcript initially was published in Interview Magazine, the issue dated for December 1974.  To read it from the beginning, return to Monday, 29 August 2016. Thank you for staying with us all the way through.
• • On Tuesday, 8 September 1914 • •
• • In early September 1914, accordionist Guido Deiro was booked at the Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, as a headliner.  On Tuesday, 8 September 1914 the San Antonio Light announced the featured entertainment, noting that another variety artist was Mae West, "the Eva Tanguay of vaudeville" — — including her name (with no fanfare) among six other acts.
• • On Friday, 8 September 1922 • •
• • "Mae West, author, loses her pianist," noted Variety in their issue dated for Friday, 8 September 1922.
• • Harry Richman — — an unknown in 1922 when Mae West gave him a chance — —  ditched her to join singer Nora Bayes [1880 — 1928] in her vaudeville act.  Awww.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• •  Versatile vaudevillian DeForest Covan, who appeared as a dancer in "Every Day's a Holiday" [1937] with Mae West, was born in Chicago in the month of September.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "It just does me good to begin the day that way [with Mass].  My manager's a Catholic."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Indianapolis Recorder mentioned Mae West.
• • Later plans are to keep Duke Ellington and the boys on this side of the pond until the releasing of the forthcoming Mae West Paramount picture, “Belle of the 90s” or "It Ain’t No Sin,” to you, in which the Ellington band participated.  . . .
• • Source: Item in The Indianapolis Recorder; published on Saturday, 8 September 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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