Monday, December 05, 2016

Mae West: Enjoys a Laugh

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 a-a.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner, United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • My mail — — not male — — amazes me. They tell me the daily volume which flows into Paramount and to my apartment is the largest ever received by any star in Hollywood.
• • I enjoy mail, as it not only is pleasant to know so many people think enough of me to write, but it gives me a true cross-section of the public reaction to me and my pictures.
• • Someone passed the story around that a lot of my mail could be censored. Fact is — — it may be surprising to find that it is just the reverse.
• • All the stars get a certain amount of mail which is, at least, risque. But evidently people don't take me that way.
• • Most of mine has a laugh in it, those writing to me evidently take me at my screen word that I enjoy a laugh — — even on paper.
• • From 8 to 80 • •  . . .
• • 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 a-a — — tomorrow's selection will be b-b.
• • On Tuesday, 5 December 1933 • •
• • On Tuesday, 5 December 1933, the night Prohibition was repealed, while Mae was being photographed in a Hollywood speakeasy with Gary Cooper, her sister was performing in Chicago, Illinois, noted The Long Island Star-Journal. Beverly had bookings for her popular "Mae West Act" in the heartland during most of the winter of 1933.
• • Mae's friend, speakeasy hostess Texas Guinan, had died the month before.
• • On Tuesday, 5 December 1933 • •
• • The Mae West robbery led to a trial and this was covered by numerous newspapers. The L.A. Times printed some of Mae's remarks in their edition dated for Tuesday, 5 December 1933.  On the witness stand, Mae had said: "I have known Harry Voiler for a number of years. He has now turned out to be a snake in the grass."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The Mae West picture, "Go West, Young Man," was completed right on schedule.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "When I was eleven years old, there was a break. I wasn't one of those curly, cute, theatricals kids any longer."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The N.Y. Times mentioned Mae West.
• • "On Stage, Mae West Was Even Racier" • •
• • Emily Wortis Leider began her article like this: Impersonators and cartoonists have always gravitated to Mae West because in performance she usually seemed to be impersonating herself, exaggerating her femininity and commenting on her own outrageousness.  . . .
• • Source: Article in  The New York Times; published on Sunday, 5 December 1999
• • 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 3588th 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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