Monday, January 09, 2017

Mae West: Raucous Atmosphere

A very long article about MAE WEST and her career in Tinseltown appeared five years ago.  It was written by Paul Phaneuf. Let's enjoy it together. This is Part 5.
• • Mae West: "I'm here to make talkies" or Censor Will vs. Diamond Lil • •
• • Sequestered at The Ravenswood • •
• • Paul Phaneuf wrote:   Upon arrival, Mae was sequestered at The Ravenswood near Vine St., a spacious apartment hotel close to the studio. She wound up staying at The Ravenswood for the rest of her life. While the script was being worked on, Mae had time on her hands and would regularly attend the boxing matches (a passion) at the Pavillion and Olympic Auditorium, feeling at home in the loud and raucous atmosphere. She also gave interviews to the local media, telling Hedda Hopper, "I'll either be sensational, or nothin'." After a month of waiting impatiently she finally received the script . . . and hated it. "My part had absolutely nothing going for it! It was unimportant and flatly written." Taking her concerns to producer LeBaron she told him she quit and would even return the money they had paid her just to get out of the contract.
• • William LeBaron knew Mae could write • •   ...
• • This was Part 5. Part 6 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source:  Article by Paul Phaneuf in Films of the Golden Age Magazine;  issue dated 5 November 2011. Used with permission.
• • On Wednesday, 9 January 1889 in Brooklyn, NY • •
• • On this date, John West took his best girlfriend Tillie Decker to Brooklyn's Borough Hall to apply for a marriage license. Mae's mother's name appears as "Tillie Decker" on the form, not as "Matilda."
• • On Wednesday, 9 January 1974 in Los Angeles • •
• • A popular piece of memorabilia for a Mae-maven is anything signed by the icon. One fan snapped up a check written on 9 January 1974. On that date Mae had signed a personal check, made out for $50 in cash and signed by the star in black ink. In the 1970s, $50 sure went a whole lot further than today, eh?
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • While making "Personal Appearance," Mae West made sure that, when she had to punch Warren William, she made a good job of it. She invited four of her "fighting" friends to watch her work — — then asked them to show her how it should be done.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Hollywood needs more men."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A United Press reporter mentioned Mae West.
• • On and off the level • •
• • Jack Diamond, sports reporter for United Press wrote: Los Angeles — Mae West is a ringside hazard at Hollywood Legion stadium Frank Wallulis turned around to give her the double-o during last Friday's fight, and got pasted into a fourth round K. O. by Art Lasky . . . whom he'd floored in the first heat.
• • Source: Item in a syndicated column; published on Thursday, 9 January 1936
• • 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 3613th
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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