Monday, November 07, 2016

Mae West: Off the Hook

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 #3 in several installments.  This is Chapter 3, excerpt a-a.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • This is the first excerpt from the 3rd article in a series entitled "Me and My Past," as told by Mae West to Leicester Wagner, United Press staff correspondent in Hollywood.
• • Hollywood couldn't figure me out  — — despite the well-known fact that I brought a figure right along with me.
• • When I rode down the boulevard that first time, the film colony knew I was there, but didn't know exactly why. They likely had heard things about this woman who had been brought out from Broadway to support a man. My, my — —  what things?
• • So I don't blame them for wondering a bit when I settled down immediately in an apartment only a mile from Paramount, took the telephone receiver off the hook and turned all my attention to making good.
• • Word buzzed around that Mae West didn't like parties. Why, of all things, she didn't drink and she didn't smoke! Impossible but true. And the reason? I figure smoking would make a woman of my type seem hard. Drinking would make me coarse. Besides, I don't like the taste of liquor.
• • Leads Quiet Life • •  . . .
• • This has been excerpt a-a.  Tomorrow's post will be b-b — —  the continuation of Chapter #3.
• • NOTE: This is the 2nd 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.
• • On Wednesday, 7 November 1934 • •
• • On Wednesday, 7 November 1934 Vassar's "Polite Questionnaire" asked coeds on campus this question: "Who (sic) did your father dote on in 1932?  Mae West, Aimee Semple McPherson, or Margaret Sanger?"
• • Source: Vassar Miscellany News, Volume XIX, Number 11, on 7 November 1934.
• • On Friday, 7 November 2003 in Los Angeles • •
• • Mae's apartment house The Ravenswood was designated a landmark in the month of November — — on Friday, 7 November 2003.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Without any attempt to identify the films, Miss West is presented in a collection of rapid fire lines, usually written by herself for her motion pictures, which will have more than one meaning to the naive. 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I won't drink Los Angeles water — — it's terrible.  I only drink bottled water." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Indiana daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Louis Armstrong is all set for Mae West Flicker.  ...
• • Source: Item in Indianapolis Recorder; published on Saturday, 6 November 1937  
• • This motion picture would be "Every Day's a Holiday," released in time for the Christmas holidays. Here's Mae West's character, trying to sell the Brooklyn Bridge to a tourist.
• • 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 3568th 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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