Monday, June 12, 2017

Mae West: Being Herself

Many reporters interviewed MAE WEST. This is a fascinating feature written some time ago by Frank Taylor. Let's enjoy it together. This is Part 1.
• • Very Carefully Mae West Insists on Being Herself • •
• • By Frank Taylor for Copley News Service • • 
• • HOLLYWOOD — — Frank Taylor wrote:  Behind the legend of Mae West there is a warm personality, a shrewd business mind and an enduring talent.
• • "The others come and go," she once said, "but I last because I don't give everything away. I learned a long time ago to leave something to the imagination, at least until they come and see me."
• • Whatever she does, Mae insists on being herself. She has always written her own movie scripts — — and this is something producers have been happy to agree to. When she signed the contract for "Myra Breckinridge," she insisted on writing her own dialogue.
• • Never became a mother • •   . . .
• • Source:  The Daily Courier (Connellsville, PA); published on Saturday, 29 August 1970.
• • This was Part 1. We will continue with Part 2 tomorrow.
• • On Wednesday, 12 June 1946 • •
• • The Schuberts wanted to land "Come On Up" starring Mae West on Broadway, after her regional tour. They promoted this show with a full page of warm-hearted local reviews in Variety, in the issue dated for Wednesday, 12 June 1946.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Still, it is very, very difficult in visualise Mae West, Hollywood's bachelor girl, as a matron of 26 years' standing.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Every woman has good beauty points, and others not so good. The  secret is to take advantage of what is good and get along with the bad."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A movie magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • It was Buster Crabbe's athletic prowess that led him initially into acting. Paramount at that time had a property, Flash Gordon, which it thought would be an answer to the popular Tarzan films. . . .
• • "Twenty of us were taken down to the studio," Buster Crabbe relates. "Being Olympic competitors, they treated us royally. And we were fascinated seeing people from the screen in person. They took us to lunch, and I don't think any of us got anything to eat. As we were about to take a bit of food, in would come Marlene Dietrich or Mae West or Gary Cooper in his cowboy outfit."  ...
• • Source: Item in Starlog Magazine; published in December 1979 
• • 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 3,700 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3723rd
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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