Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mae West: Wig-Wagging

It was Monday, 12 October 1959 and MAE WEST was in the news with M and M, that is, Miss Mansfield and Mickey.
• • The Desert Sun's Hollywood columnist Mike Connolly wrote: Mickey Hargitay, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, returns with Miss Mansfield from London, where she is finishing her starring spot in “Too Hot to Handle.”  Mae West is still wig-wagging Mickey, erstwhile Top Banana in her muscleman line-up before Jayne latched onto him (or did Mickey latch onto Jayne?) — — anyway, Mae wants the Mick to sign that release showing he's no longer under contract to her.
• • Mike Connolly added:  It is the same piece of paper she shoved at him when the "bust-up’’ came, saying, "Here, sign!” Mickey mumbled, “You know I can’t write.” And Mae said, "So do like you do when you cash those $250-a-week paychecks I’ve been making out in your name — — make an X!”
• • On Friday, 18 October 1918 • •
• • In Billboard's review of "Sometime" printed on 18 October 1918, they reserved several sentences filled with praise for Mae West.
• • On Sunday, 18 October 1931 • •
• • The Herald Tribune reviewed Mae's Harlem play on Sunday, 18 October 1931.
• • On Tuesday, 18 October 1932 • •
• • On Tuesday, 18 October 1932 Will Hays wrote to remind studio boss Adolph Zukor that he must not register the titles "Diamonds" or "Diamond Lady" for any film project with Mae West.
• • On Sunday, 18 October 1936 • •
• • The East Coast readers of The New York Times read this frightening headline on Sunday, 18 October 1936 — — "Mae West Escapes Apartment Hold-Up; Other Residents, Victims in Hollywood, Are Glad She and Her Bodyguard Were Away."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In order to keep more black actresses working during the Depression, Mae West will add several seasoned performers who will play Tira's maids in "I'm No Angel."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Marilyn Monroe was a synthetic star.  A copy of me. I never met her, but I OK'd her for my life story."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Columbia Daily Spectator mentioned Mae West.
• • Miss Mae West has been active in the Broadway Uplift Movement for some time and would be just the thing for this sex-starved campus.  . . .
• • Source: Item in Columbia Daily Spectator; published on Thursday, 18 October 1928
• • 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 3554th 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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• • Mae West • "I'm No Angel" in 1933

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