Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Mae West: Fur Coat Helps

In September 1934, MAE WEST sat down for a series of "Me and My Past" talks with the United Press syndicated reporter Leicester Wagner.  We will post excerpts from Chapter 5 in several installments.  This is bb.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • Mae West said,  Cary Grant, my "tall, dark and handsome" in my first two pictures, is happily married now and Roger Pryor Is doing all right socially.
• • My weakness for "tall, dark and handsome" men is only my screen preference.
• • Fact is, a man may appeal to me and have sex appeal without bring either tall, dark or handsome. A blond man can have as much appeal as a dark one; a short one may be as charming as the bigger boy, and a man does not have to be handsome to appeal to me or to other women.
• • Fur Coat Helps • •
• • Women like forceful men, but not the kind who beat them — — supposedly to show their affection.
• • Love can't live on insults. Neither can it live on fur coats, but a fur coat helps.
• • I may get married one of these days.  I have been in love at various points in my career, but as long as my mother lived, I shied from marriage.  . . .
• • NOTE: This is the 5th chapter of Mae West's life story as told to Leicester Wagner, United Press.  This syndicated series was reprinted in American newspapers during September 1934.
• • This has been excerpt bb. Look for excerpt cc tomorrow.
• • On Saturday, 11 October 1930 • •
• • In the autumn of 1930, Mae West performed with the cast of "Sex" in the capital of Illinois. Invited by the Dill Pickle Club's founder John (Jack) Jones, the playwright and actress took to the stage on Saturday, 11 October 1930, and again on Saturday, 18 October 1930.
• • The Dill Pickle Club was thriving between 1914 — 1933 in The Windy City. Once one of Chicago’s best-known Bohemian nightspots, the club provided a forum for free speech as well as affording encouragement for artistic expression. Its patrons included Socialists, atheists, anarchists, “liberated” women, professional lecturers and soapbox orators, artists, actors, literary hopefuls and all sorts of unconventional types.
• • On Sunday, 11 October 1936 • •
• • On Sunday, 11 October 1936, Los Angeles Times readers saw this intriguing news item: "Mae West's Driver Hunted." Provocative, eh?
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Hollywoodites are talking about Mae West's belting of Jayne Mansfield's hubby, Mickey Hargitay, in her "Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It" autobiography.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Occasionally I drive out for a spaghetti dinner at Jack LaRue's Italian restaurant. Or slip down to Los Angeles Chinatown for chicken chop suey."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A fan magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • "Inside Flashes from Filmland" • •
• • Did you ever see a "beef trust" chorus? Ah, you don't realize what you've missed! But Mae West — the blonde girl with the sense of humor — shows you in her newest picture, "It Ain't No Sin." With these healthy Amazons to back her up, she plays a burlesque queen in the Happy (and hippy) Nineties, who drifts down the Mississippi from St. Louis to New Orleans . . .
• • Source: Item in Motion Picture Magazine; issue dated for August 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.
You are reading the 3549th 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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