Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Mae West: Jelly-Like Quiver

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 #4 in several installments.  This is Chapter 4, excerpt f-f.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner, United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • Hence the Shimmy • •  
• • I figured that the more you put into a dance, the better it would be. And I had plenty even then to put into it.
• • Hence the shimmy dance.  Bee Palmer and Gilda Gray heard about the Western stampede that was piling in to see the shimmy.
• • With press agentry, they made the world shimmy-conscious. That was all right with me, for I wanted to continue as an actress, not a dancer. But dancing means you must have rhythm and I still believe In movement. Although I've dropped the shimmy, I figured out a slow-down version of it in "The Belle of the Nineties."
• • It isn't the jelly-like quiver I brought to Broadway — —  but you'll get what I mean.  (Copyright, 1934, by United Press.)       
• • This has been excerpt f-f, the conclusion of Chapter #4.
• • NOTE: This is the 4th 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.
• •  Thank you for all your fan mail. Yes, the fifth chapter of Mae West's life story was posted (chronologically out of order) from October 10th — 14th, 2016.  Chapter #6 will follow. 
• • On Wednesday, 23 November 1932 • •
• • Will Hays wrote to Adolph Zukor about "She Done Him Wrong" on 23 November 1932.
• • On Sunday, 23 November 1980 in The L.A. Times • •
• • Mae West received a first-rate send-off in The L.A. Times by her friend Kevin Thomas.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West and diamonds were almost synonymous even before the creation of her most memorable character: Diamond Lil.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I never think about age."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A wire service item mentioned Mae West.
• • A series of "If" questions circulated around the film colony in November 1934 and Mae West answered the questions. Here is one that ran on Friday, 23 November 1934.
• • Hollywood, United Press — — If your home were afire and you could save only one thing, what would it be? That’s the latest "If" stickler being brought up at film colony parties almost nightly. The answers given by leading stars and executives are often surprising, many passing up articles of value for sentimental keepsakes.
• • Mae West would save an old miniature of her mother Tillie as a girl.
• • Source:  Syndicated Feature rpt in The Daily Banner (Indiana); Friday, 23 November 1934
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven 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 ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3580th 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
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