Friday, March 03, 2017

Mae West: Indiscreet Stories

MAE WEST was the ideal co-star, thought Elvis Presley.  This is Part 3.
• • Hollywood Remembered — — Elvis Presley and Mae West by Darwin Porter • •
• • Elvis invited Nick Adams to join him • •
• • Darwin Porter wrote:  Aware of her reputation for seducing young men, he invited his sidekick, Nick Adams, to join him.
• • West greeted “the boys,” as she called them, in a long, white, rhinestone-studded gown that evoked her 1934 film, "Belle of the Nineties."  West and Elvis were sympathetic souls, and genuinely seemed to like each other — — quite unlike Elvis's reaction to actress Barbara Stanwyck. 
• • Mae regaled her guests with indiscreet stories • •
• • Mae regaled the men with indiscreet stories of her decades in show business. When she excused herself to “powder my nose,” Elvis whispered to Adams that he’d heard rumors that West was a drag queen.
• • “Now that I’ve met her in person, I’m sure of it.”
• • Had he wanted to, Elvis that night could have learned first hand if West were a man or woman. After three hours, he excused himself, claiming he had another appointment.
• • A secret late-night date • •  . . .
• • This was Part 3.  Used with permission.  To be continued on Monday.
• • On Thursday, 3 March 1927 • •
• • No, Mae did not take the stand on 3 March 1927 • •
• • A familiar image of a smiling Mae West at her "Sex" trial in New York City on Thursday, 3 March 1927, has the incorrect caption that she was "on the witness stand." However, Mae did not take the stand in March nor in April 1927. Why? Mae's motivations are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West" during the chaotic courtroom scene [Act I, Scene 5].
• • On Tuesday, 3 March 1936 • •
• • On Tuesday, 3 March 1936, The Hollywood Reporter announced that the opening week of "Klondike Annie" was record-breaking. "The Gold Rush Is On," the editors wrote.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Lew Garvey told us Mae West only spends a little time in the stables on her ranch, where she quarters her brother Jack's racing thoroughbred, Greenspring Lad.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "A woman should find out about using make-up. And then study the colors that bring out your best points." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A monthly magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • "Controversy on Mae West Film Gathers Volume and Velocity" • •
• • Legion of Decency Statement Cites Need of Continued Vigilance by Those Wanting Wholesome Pictures.
• • Hullabaloo and ballyhoo pertaining to Mae West and "Klondike Annie" this week gathered volume and velocity as the picture went on exhibition in more cities, was stopped from doing so in others, and ...
• • Source: Article written for Motion Picture Herald; published on Saturday, 14  March 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 3652nd
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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