Thursday, December 01, 2016

Mae West: What I Want

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 #6 in several installments.  This is Chapter 6, excerpt f-f.
• • "Me and My Past" by Mae West • •
• • As Told to Leicester Wagner, United Press Staff Correspondent • •
• • And I carry only purse money. 
• • Not that I'm unable to look after my own money, or would spend it recklessly.   It's just bad business to pack a big roll around Hollywood. I found that out when I lost $3,400 in cash and $18,000 worth of diamonds to bandits.
• • Credit's Okay • •
• • My credit at stores, of course, is okay, and when I feel like shopping, I get what I want — — mostly hats. Purses intrigue me. And I like furs, not to mention diamonds.
• • Food, too, is one of my failings. But I can't cook, bake, sew, wash dishes, peel  potatoes or onions. And I don't get excited over the stock market, contract bridge — — I can't sit still long enough to play cards — — fan dancing or bust developers.
• • (Copyright, 1934, by The Pittsburgh Press)
• • NOTE: This is the 6th 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 f-f — —  the conclusion of Chapter #6.
• • Chapter #7 will follow shortly.
• • On Friday, 1 December 1933 • •
• • An article about Mae West with the title "Diamond Lil" ran in the Chicago Daily Tribune on Friday, 1 December 1933.
• • On Wednesday, 1 December 1976 in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West starred in "Sextette" [1978], and the cinematography was done by James Crabe.
• • Shooting began  at Paramount Studios' rental facility in December — — on Wednesday, 1 December 1976 — — and the picture was wrapped up during March 1977. James Crabe captured his leading lady in medium shots. There would be no close-ups in "Sextette" of Mae West.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The night Prohibition was repealed, Mae was being photographed in a Hollywood speakeasy with Gary Cooper,
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "It's harder to write for the screen because of the censors. I have to ask the censors whether I could even sit on the arm of a man's chair."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Indiana newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • The Golden Gate Night Club went big time recently when they offered “Female Impersonators.”  There were four of them and they were billed under the names of popular stage and screen stars. They were Bronze Mae West, Peaches Browning, Miss California, Miss Texas, Miss Petite, etc. [sic]  . . .
• • Source: Item in Indianapolis Recorder; published on Saturday, 1 December 1934
• • 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 3586th 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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