In September 1933, MAE WEST sat down for a series of interviews with a West Coast syndicated columnist Willis Thornton.
• • "'Diamond Lil' Puts Mae West on Top" • •
• • Editor's Note: This is the third of three installments on Mae West, the buxom actress who is restoring curves to to feminine favor. Today's post is excerpt cc.
• • Written by Willis Thornton, NEA Services Writer • •
• • And is Mae pleased? • •
• • Willis Thornton wrote: Say! Listen: "I always knew that men and women, loo, preferred to see us with the natural curves that God gave us. It was all a mistake — — a great, fatal mistake, this giving women's clothes a straight line."
• • Sweeping, generous curves • •
• • "I think this return to the graceful, comfortable curves of yesteryear will be a wonderful thing for the women of America." continues Mae. "It will improve their health, give them vitality and added magnetism, and enhance their natural charm."
• • Doesn't Smoke or Drink • •
• • As she dropped these philosophies, Mae was in Los Angeles, all agog over a Labor Day trip to the mountains. For the bad girl of the screen and stage is not nearly as black as she is painted.
• • Those cigarets she smokes with such an air In "She Done Him Wrong," are lit for her by her maid just before the scene is shot. Mae herself doesn't smoke. "I smoke 'em on the stage just because it makes me look hard," she confides. Further, in her offstage moments, Mae doesn't drink or go for "night life."
• • She dictates plays to a dictating machine • • . . .
• • NOTE: This is the third 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 all this week. This post was excerpt cc. See tomorrow for excerpt dd.]
• • Source: syndicated content rpt in The Courier News [Blytheville, Arkansas]; published on Saturday, 9 September 1933.
• • On Saturday, 5 October 1918 • •
• • Mae West received top billing in the review of "Sometime" by The New York Times, which was first published on Saturday, 5 October 1918.
• • On Friday, 5 October 1928 in Cornell Daily Sun • •
• • "Mae West Show Closed by Police; 57 Indicted" • •
• • New York, October 4 — The 56 members of the cast of "Pleasure Man" and Mae West its author, were indicted today by the Grand Jury ... under the penal code relating to indecent theatrical productions and will be arraigned in general sessions tomorrow.
• • The accused were taken to the West Side court after the indictments had been handed down but the hearing was adjourned at the request of District Attorney Banton.
• • Source: Article in Cornell Daily Sun; published on Friday, 5 October 1928.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • On Friday, 5 October 1934 "Belle of the Nineties" starring Mae West" is scheduled to be onscreen in the Galli-Curci Theatre. One day only.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "When you tell people a play is naughty, they rush to see it. I can't help that, can I?"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Film critic Roger Ebert discussed Mae West.
• • Roger Ebert wrote: Hollywood — A couple of months ago, Mae West sauntered into Arthur Knight's film class at USC, put her hand on her hip, took her time looking around the room, and finally said: "Hello, boys." It was a co-ed class. Somehow, in the context you understand why Mae West is still the most fascinating personality in Hollywood, and why everywhere you go they're telling Mae West stories again. ...
• • Source: Article: "Mae West Stories" written by Roger Ebert for Chicago Sun-Times; published on Sunday, 5 October 1969
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