Friday, December 16, 2016

Mae West: Sin Takes Time

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 8, excerpt e-e.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner, United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • Busy people don't sin • •   
• • Despite the sensational aspects of my past on the stage and on the screen, personal scandal has passed me by. To be frank about it, I've always been busy, and busy people don't sin.  It takes time.
• • My life to date — — and what I think about things at the moment — — would not be complete without offering my thanks to the millions of persons who have made it all possible — — those millions who have paid to see my stage and picture performances.
• • They can be assured that I'll never do 'em wrong.
• • I'll try to be myself at all times, publicly and privately, except on the stage or screen — — for that's where acting belongs.
• • I'll never believe the worst about anybody without complete proof, nor will I believe it's useless to struggle against so called Fate.
• • (This is the eighth and last of the chapters of the life of Mae West as told to the Hollywood chronicler Leicester Wagner.)
• • NOTE: This is the 8th 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 e-e, the conclusion to Chapter # 8. We hope you enjoyed reading these eight sections.
• • On Thursday, 16 December 1937 • •
• • It was on Thursday, 16 December 1937 that Variety ran an article about Mae West's controversial appearance on NBC in the Garden of Eden Skit: "Educator calls radio program a home menace."
• • On Thursday, 16 December 1937 • •
• • An article "Religious Leader Warns US Board on 'Risque' Radio Plays" was printed in The Los Angeles Herald on Thursday, 16 December 1937.  A never ending Niagara of condemnation from the religious righteous — — that is, the same groups that either condoned or covered up priest pedophilia for decades. Sheesh.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• •  In "The Heat's On" Mae West plays a burlesque queen who can make or ruin producers. It is a typical Mae West part.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Everything I do and say is based on rhythm."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An award in England was named for Mae West.
• • A new category was created in November 2000: the Carlton TV Mae West Award for the "most outspoken women in the industry."
• • Source: News Item; published on Friday, 14 December 2001
• • 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 3597th
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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