Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mae West: Don't Domineer

In the autumn of 1933, MAE WEST sat down for a series of interviews with a West Coast syndicated columnist Willis Thornton.
• • "Mae West 'Diamond Lil' Gives New Visions to Ladies and Also to Men" • •
• • Mae West Tells How to Hold Your Man • •
• • 1 — Be patient.
• • 2 — Show him plenty of love.
• • 3 — If he likes garlic, let him eat garlic.
• • 4 — Don't domineer him.
• • 5 — Praise him when people are around.
• • 6 — Look beautiful at the breakfast table.
• • 7 — Tell him you love him, often and loud.
• • Editor's Note: This was from the third of three installments on Mae West, the  buxom actress who is restoring curves to feminine favor. 
• • On Thursday, 19 October 1899 • •
• • Mae West was a little slip of a girl when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published their edition on Thursday, 19 October 1899. This paper reported a local crime: beautiful Frankie Baker, a 27-year-old mulatto prostitute [residing at 212 Targee Street, St. Louis, Missouri], who kept an expensively decked-out 17-year-old mack, stabbed him on October 15th.
• • The stabbing and the trial inspired the folksong "Frankie and Johnny."
• • In 1928 — 1929, Mae West sang "Frankie and Johnny" on Broadway in her melodrama "Diamond Lil," giving the song a glamour glow, enhancing its prominence.
• • On Saturday, 19 October 1935 • •
• • Joe Breen and John Hammel exchanged yet another letter about Mae West's latest controversial project "Klondike Annie" on Saturday, 19 October 1935.
• • On Sunday, 19 October 1969 • •
• • In their weekly weekend insert dated for Sunday, 19 October 1969, Parade Magazine printed an article on Mae West.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, with reporters and photographers jostling round her seeking the wisecrack and the "come hither" look, had good value.  She put on just the act they wanted.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Tired of all those jokes about my figure and my man talk? No,  If people expect me to be the same off-stage — — why I call that flattery."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Coronado Eagle and Journal mentioned Mae West.
• • At the Theatres — — "Night After Night" Fox Orpheum • •
• • A splendid cast of experienced stage people interpret the roles in “Night After Night,” feature screen attraction coming to the Orpheum theatre, beginning Friday. Oct. 21. Constance Cummings adds greatly to her constantly growing artistic stature in the role of The Lady. Wynne Gibson, one of the most genuinely talented young actresses on the Paramount lot, draws a vivid picture of Iris Dawn, the girl discarded for the Park Avenue Lady.
• • Mae West, in her first screen role, practically walks off with the picture every time she swings her hips as big, genial Maudie — Maudie out of Joe’s past— before the camera.
• • And as if three leading women were not enough, there is also Allison Skipworth as Miss Jellyman, middle-aged school teacher who is teaching Joe Anton to be a gentleman. The film is constantly amusing and entertaining. It is not without its drama — tense and stirring — but in the long run, its comedy triumphs.  ...
• • Source: Review in  Coronado Eagle and Journal; published on Wednesday, 19 October 1932
• • 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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1 comment:

  1. Love Mae's advice. Glad to see I do all but #6. Never was a glamour gal but hmm. I remember reading a book when I was a teenager: "Advice to Wives (from a Mistress). I was raised by three independent, single women and I swore NEVER to be a patsy wife. Yet I was, three times. This last one stuck (17 years). I guess it's time for some pretty lingerie.