Monday, December 12, 2016

Mae West: Want More Of

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 a-a.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner, United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • "Will I last?" • •
• • That's the question which has had Hollywood talking from the time I first flashed on the screen until today. I can answer that one for Hollywood.  My answer is "Yes."
• • I'm no ingenue. I'm a woman. I have a screen personality which is distinctive, which conflicts with no one and which audiences throughout the world seem to want more of.  Forty-six million have come up to see me so far and they evidently liked it.
• • Hollywood was surprised from the start, did — — as I pointed out — — start yelling "accident."  But ''I'm No Angel" did three times the business of the record-setting "She Done Him Wrong" and "The Belle of the Nineties" speaks for itself.
• • I have always — — as the diamond-saying goes — — two strikes on me. Because of the records set by my motion pictures (for Paramount), I have to top each one.  . . .
• • 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 a-a — — tomorrow's selection will be b-b.
• • Mae West on NBC, Sunday, 12 December 1937 • •
• • Perhaps no other radio segment of The Chase and Sanborn Hour has sparked more commentary than the Sunday, December 12th, 1937 broadcast starring Mae West, the 44-year-old movie queen, who usually hid the fact that she was unable to read a script without eyeglasses.
• • As if to be extra-cautious, Mae donned eyeglasses and also wore a fancy lornette on a chain around her neck, not unlike the extra-careful gentleman who wears suspenders and a belt. Then she stepped up to the microphone and threw caution to the fates.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West offered NBC the option of a sneak peek at some scenes from her new screen comedy set during the 1890s in New York City, "Every Day's a Holiday."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "There he was with a show house that wasn't doing so good, and there I was with a play that I was certain would make him money. He wouldn't take it. He wouldn't even read it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article in Tulsa World mentioned Mae West.
• • James D. Watts Jr., World Scene Writer, wrote: Putting on a play written by Mae West and titled "Sex" might not strike the average person as typical theatrical fare for the holiday season. But actress Sara Wilemon would politely beg to differ. . . .
• • Source:  Article: "In a Mae West sort of way, 'Sex' fits the holidays" written by James D. Watts Jr., World Scene Writer for Tulsa World; posted on Saturday, 10 December 2011
• • 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 3593rd 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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