Friday, October 14, 2016

Mae West: Movie Town

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 excerpt ee, the conclusion of Chapter 5.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • Mae West said,  Some of my shows had been written for me, one of the first, oddly, by the man who has produced all of my pictures. He is William LeBaron, one of the studio's associate producers.
• • When I walked Into Paramount Pictures, it was to Mr. LeBaron's office. We had not met since he worked with me on that stage show, several years ago. His presence In the studio was one of the major factors which caused me to stay when I was dissatisfied on my arrival In Movie Town.  As was the presence of other capable men who guide Paramount and my pictures — — Adolph Zukor, Emmanuel Cohen and Albert Kaufman.
• • She Writes Her Own • •
• • As I went along on Broadway, I kept studying audiences, what they wanted and how to give it to 'em. I started writing skits for myself. I needed a full-length play. No one knew my style, what I could do best.  I went to bed and I wrote "Sex" the play which sent me to jail.
• • [Copyright, 1934, by United Press.] 
• • 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 ee, the conclusion of Chapter 5.
• • On Saturday, 14 October 1933 • •
• • The review in Film Daily (on page 6) had this title: "Mae West in 'I'm No Angel.'" Film Daily ran it in their issue dated for Saturday, 14 October 1933.  The New York Evening Journal printed their review (on page 8) on 14 October 1933, too. The New York Post ran a glowing piece about Mae on 14 October 1933, calling her: "America's sweetheart." Awwww.
• • On Thursday, 14 October 1937 • •
• • It was Thursday, 14 October 1937 — — and some Californians held an engraved invitation to take tea with Mae West.
• • An opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea prepared by George Rector — — who was being featured in Mae's latest motion picture for Paramount — — was quite the sought after invitation.
• • The event was staged at Major Studios — — 1040 North Las Palmas.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Eva Tanguay (now age 55) has been ill in Hollywood and down in her luck. When Mae West heard about it, she took the woman who had known beauty and luxury to the hairdressers and had them fix her a smart coiffure.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Marriage?  No, I can't be bothered with a husband right now. Maybe later if I ever get time."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Indiana paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West — — The gal with the hourglass figure that makes every second count in "Belle of the  Nineties," a Paramount Picture.
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Directed by Leo McCarey, presented by Adolph Zukor ...

• • Source: Item in Indianapolis Recorder; published on Saturday, 13 October 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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