Tony Prince was granted an audience with screen legend MAE WEST in 1973. This is Part 3 of three segments.
• • "The afternoon Mae West dazzled us with her wit over carrot cake and tea" • •
• • Tony Prince recalled: She gave us some carrot cake and tea. Ken was a big movie buff, and was asking all about her famous lines. She was very funny. Ken mentioned “Come up and see me some time,” and she said: “You know what? I never said that. I did say, when I was checking into a hotel and the receptionist said, ‘Goodness, what beautiful diamonds,’ I did say, ‘Goodness had nothing to do with it’ and I did say, ‘It’s not the men in my life, it’s the life in my men.’ But I did not say, ‘Come up and see me some time.’ Ken could have sworn she did, in some movie or other, but she insisted she hadn’t.
• • Tony Prince continued: When, finally, we stood up, the reporter turned and looked at the painting and said: “Miss West, what a beautiful painting.”
• • Tony Prince added: “Yeah,” she drawled looking at her naked younger self, “He caught me when I wasn’t looking.” Elvis yesterday, Mae West today. We were buzzing!
• • Source: The Guardian [London]; published on Sunday, 4 December 2016.
• • On Monday, 23 December 1929 in Los Angeles • •
• • Mae West took her "Diamond Lil" cast to the West Coast where she hoped to meet with Hollywood producers who would help bring the popular stage play to the silver screen. After a booking in San Francisco, Mae moved to her final California destination: Los Angeles. An article about Mae was published in The L.A. Times on Monday, 23 December 1929.
• • On Sunday, 23 December 1984 • •
• • "West and Owney Had a Hot Romance" was a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the bootlegger and Cotton Club owner Owney Madden, who was Mae's lover, written by film critic Kevin Thomas and printed in The Los Angeles Times on 23 December 1984.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • NBC Radio has banned the mention of Mae West's name on all of its stations.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "There are two things in life I like hard and one of them is eggs."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California paper mentioned Mae West.
• • The newest Mae West gag is this: If Santa Claus started from the North Pole and Mae started from the South Pole at the same time, which would reach the equator first? Give up? Well, here's the answer: Since there Isn't any Santa Claus (don't tell the children!), chances are Mae would be first at the equator. Don't you think so? Maybe this is the real reason why men strive to become millionaires. ...
• • Source: Item in San Bernardino Sun; published on Monday, 23 December 1935
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