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 #6 in several installments. This is Chapter 6, excerpt d-d.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner, United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • "Constant Sinner" • •
• • I felt the same way after I wrote "The Constant Sinner," another Broadway success. This played for nine months. [Sic — — it ran for 64 performances, September — November 1931.]
• • Her Biggest Hit, "Diamond Lil" • •
• • Though I'm not averse to heat, the New York thermometers started going places and I figured I would, too. That was my last vacation.
• • For Paramount had a part open in "Night After Night," the picture which was supposed to make a star out of a man. The studio felt that I was the only one who could fill the supporting role [sic] and they made me an offer — — a good one.
• • Mr. Timony came to Hollywood with me, continuing to handle my business affairs. Recent rumors have it that he's no longer my manager. That is untrue. . . .
• • NOTE: This is the 6th 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 d-d. Wednesday's post will be e-e — — the continuation of Chapter #6.
• • On Tuesday, 29 November 1932 • •
• • Mae West's script had been playing hide-and-seek with the Hays Office. However, on Wednesday, 30 November 1932, the project finally had a title that would not change: "She Done Him Wrong." A day earlier, there had been delicate negotiations on the part of Paramount's rep Harold Hurley. He mamboed around the play's references to white slavery, he massaged away any suggestion that Lil was a kept woman, and he agreed that the Salvation Army uniform had to be made into a safe generic design (not tied to a mission). For all that, Mae managed to get some zingers pass the censors. Ha-ha.
• • On Monday, 29 November 1948 • •
• • An American revival of "Diamond Lil" opened out of town on Monday, 29 November 1948 at Montclair, New Jersey.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Swedish director Ingmar Bergman [1918 — 2007] said that the first time he saw Mae West in a movie he “went home and jerked off.”
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The dumbest woman in the world can outsmart a man when she has to."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Illinois daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Famous quotes were often printed in the section "Fast Track/ Replays" in the Chicago Tribune and this saucy quote by Mae West was published: "I only like two kinds of men: domestic and foreign" . . .
• • Source: Item in Chicago Tribune; published on Sunday, 29 November 1998
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 12th anniversary • •
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