Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Mae West: Gives Me a Jolt

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 c-c.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner, United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • Appeals for Money • •
• • Many appeals for money are made to me, as is the case with the rest of the stars. Every one of these letters gives me a jolt, for I well know there is too much suffering in ths world. Yet I just can't comply with all the requests.
• • Women Ask Advice • •
• • Letters from women amaze me most and I'm not easily amazed. They pour out their hearts to me. Many want advice on how to get a husband. As many ask me how to hold him. I spend what little spare time I have taking care of the answers.
• • In the past two years I believe  I've probably prevented more young girls from running away from home than any person in America. It seems that whenever things don't go right at home, girls write to me and ask me what I think about them running away.
• • Knows by Experience • •  . . .
• • 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 c-c — — tomorrow's selection will be d-d.
• • On Tuesday, 7 December 1954 • •
• • Several news outlets covered Mae West's bookings of the successful "Mae West Revue" in Las Vegas and other major cities.
• • One fellow wrote: Mae West gave me that famous glance and said, "Let's have the interview in the bedroom so you can tell your grandchildren how you spent an hour in Mae West's boudoir . . . ummm, taking notes."  Mae stretched herself on the bed while she talked to me. Now only a real square could take notes under such circumstances.
• • On Friday, 7 December 1973 in Colorado • •
• • Mae West was in Telluride for a special ski area dedication gala that took place from December 7 — 10, 1973.
• • On Tuesday, 7 December 1993 • •
• • "The Mae West Murder Case" (208 pages) was published by St. Martin's on Tuesday, 7 December 1993. George Baxt wrote this ludic murder mystery.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Compared with Mae West's voluptuous lion-tamer Tira in "I'm No Angel," her Ruby Carter in "Belle of the Nineties" is a decidedly subdued and comparatively virtuous character.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "To me the most difficult part of placing a successful motion picture story is getting it cast correctly."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An English magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • Reputedly fathered by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), Edward James was a vehement and early patron of the Surrealist movement, single-handedly supporting Salvador Dalí for the year of 1938. Christie’s presents iconic pieces from his home, West Dean House — — including Dalí’s sofa in the form of Mae West’s lips — — alongside lots collected by generations of successive inhabitants of the property. On 15 December 2016; . . .
• • Source: Item in Country and Town House; issue dated for December 2016
• • 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 3590th 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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