Thursday, December 08, 2016

Mae West: Am Rewarded

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 #7 in several installments.  This is Chapter 7, excerpt d-d.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner, United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • Knows by Experience • •
• • From the experience of having had an understanding mother — — and now having lost her — — I always can truthfully tell them that their mothers know best.  I usually am rewarded with a later letter in these cases, admitting that my words made them stay home and that things are working out well for them.
• • Stay with Hubby! • •
• • Women who are thinking about leaving their husbands also must believe I know all the answers. Not having a husband, I feel that they are placing a great deal of confidence in the angle I give them. But a number of husbands, who still have their wives today, would be surprised to know that they have them because I advised the wives to give them another chance.
• • Three Men in my Picture Life • •  . . .
• • NOTE: This is the 7th 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 — — tomorrow's selection will be e-e.
• • Beverly West [8 December 1898 — 12 March 1982] • •
• • Born in Brooklyn, NY on December 8th was an infant named Mildred Katherine West.
• • Mae's kid sister never liked her birthname and so, upon launching a professional career, she became "Beverly Osborne." A talented performer in her own right, she is commemorated with great affection on her birthday.
• • On Saturday, 8 December 1934 • •
• • Liberty Theatre Playhouse — Double feature on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday — Mae West in "Belle of the Nineties" and "The Defense Rests" with Jack Holt.
• • Source: Vassar Miscellany News; published on Saturday, 8 December 1934.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The points in its favor make "Night After Night" an entertaining and probably profitable talker. Further than that, it's another advancement for George Raft and an auspicious start for Mae West in her first talker.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "It was nothing more than an exercise involving control of my abdominal muscles, which I learned from my father when I was a child.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A campus paper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West in Court" • •
• • Mae West of the stage and screen appeared before the Los Angeles county jury investigating a year-old robbery in which she lost money and jewels valued at $20,000. ...
• • Source: Item in Daily Illini; published on Friday, 8 December 1933 
• • Image: Mae West smiles very prettily for the camera from the Los Angeles County courtroom. In real life, after Mae was held up at gunpoint, she purchased an armored car and increased her security.
• • 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 3591st 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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1 comment:

  1. Beverly West had a good voice, suited to singing the blues, as witnessed by a recording her sister Mae financed. Never being able to escape the shadow of her more famous older sister, Beverly had her reasons to be somewhat bitter. However, by all accounts, she enjoyed the unconditional love of her nephew, John West, who is still alive.