Friday, June 16, 2017

Mae West: Dan Striepeke

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 5.
• • Very Carefully Mae West Insists on Being Herself • •
• • By Frank Taylor for Copley News Service • •
• • Daniel C. Striepeke got a gift from Mae West • • 
• • Dan Striepeke is one of the few men in Hollywood in a position to know what tactics actors use to stay young looking. Mae is careful to send personal gifts to people she likes or those who have done favors.
• • Dan Striepeke, for instance, was given an expensive white dinner jacket, and at one time, most of the Los Angeles Police Department was given a gift at Christmas time as a reward for taking care of the actress during public appearances.
• • She does not hide from her public, being one of the few celebrities who is listed in the Los Angeles telephone directory. She rarely goes out to parties and takes long walks alone at night while her limousine follows at a discreet distance. When she entertains, it is usually for only a few friends at one of her homes in California (Los Angeles or Santa Monica).
• • Mae West enjoys health food specialties • • . . .
• • Source:  The Daily Courier (Connellsville, PA); published on Saturday, 29 August 1970.
• • This was Part 5. We will continue with Part 6 on Monday.
• • On Thursday, 16 June 1932 • •
• • It was Thursday, 16 June 1932 when Mae West pulled into Pasadena, California on The Chief. She was unimpressed by the motion picture landscape she surveyed from the train station. "I'm a big girl from a big town," Mae told Los Angeles reporters, "coming to a little town."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The popular Mae West Paramount production, "She Done Him Wrong" features Miss West as the Bowery Darling who was faithful just as long as her diamonds held out.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I always have somebody with me during interviews ever since that Mickey Hargitay mess."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Hollywood columnist interviewed Mae West.
• • Mae was bodyguarded by Chuck Novak and Thad Prescott • •
• • Mae welcomed me to her suite like Helen of Troy admitting Paris to her boudoir. Except that Mae was bodyguarded in HER boudoir by Chuck Novak, one of the musclemen from her nightclub act, and Thad Prescott, her hair stylist.  ...
• • Note: In 1961, during the National Tour engagement of the stage comedy "Sextet" starring Mae West, the cast included Paul Novak and Thad Prescott. 
• • Source: "An Interview with Mae" written by Mike Connolly for Desert Sun; published on  Friday, 9 October 1959
• • 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 3727th
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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