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 b-b.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • Leads Quiet Life • •
• • I had friends in Hollywood and I still have them. So I went out to private dinners once in a while. But when I did go out, it was not to some party where I had to stand around nursing a cocktail as a decoy and breathe a lot of stale air. I went to dinners at homes where they talked about something more important than whose wife was currently getting the run-around. I just didn't have time for Hollywood's usual idea of "good times." Mine were different and still are.
• • The support I gave to that man [George Raft] in "Night After Night" caused a flood of comment. They — — men. women and children, particularly the men — — wanted more. Could I turn out a starring picture? Paramount wanted to know.
• • Certainly, I had "Diamond Lil" as a story basis and went to work turning it into a talkie.
• • Amazing Success • • . . .
• • This has been excerpt b-b. Tomorrow's post will be c-c — — 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 Sunday, 8 November 1931 in Brooklyn • •
• • The Brooklyn Daily Eagle recalled in its archives that on Sunday, 8 November 1931 Mae West performed her play "The Constant Sinner" in Brooklyn's Majestic Theatre.
• • Here's Mae West and Paul Huber, one of her co-stars, as they appeared on Broadway in 1931. Then a Hollywood contract would summon her to Los Angeles, California the following year.
• • On Wednesday, 8 November 1933 • •
• • On Wednesday, 8 November 1933 William Troy's article "Mae West and the Classic Tradition" was published on page 548 of The Nation.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is the world's most publicized woman.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I've spent a lot of money. I used to play the horses pretty bad. And then I owned a string of horses. I've got a lot of property, but I don't like to talk about my investments in public."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The New Movie Magazine discussed Mae West.
• • Just a California custom, but whenever a Mae West picture is shown, in conjunction with another feature, at the neighborhood houses, the management runs a slide to the effect that 'the P.T.A. requests that the children leave the theater' prior to the West fireworks. . . .
• • Source: Article: "What to Expect in the New Films" for The New Movie Magazine; published in July 1934
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