Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mae West: The Last Laugh

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 7, the final excerpt.
• • Very Carefully Mae West Insists on Being Herself • •
• • By Frank Taylor for Copley News Service  • •
• • Los Angeles Real Estate Appreciated • •
• • For once, it looked as though the money managers had been right. The land lay fallow and cost taxes, but it did not produce a thing. But the strip of property had become a thing with Mae and she decided to keep it at all costs — — just to show up her advisers.
• • Now the same tract has a high-rise building, a $100,000 car wash and an expensive cafeteria — — and Mae still owns it.  It is the California developers who pay rent. She had the last laugh and it was a profitable one. 
• • She owns a large chicken ranch in Temple City, Calif., and is on the school board there. 
• • The Queen of Hollywood is still going strong at ripe old (?) age of 76.
• • Source:  The Daily Courier (Connellsville, PA); published on Saturday, 29 August 1970.
• • This was Part 7 (the conclusion). We hope you enjoyed it.
• • On Monday, 20 June 1932 • •
• • Eleanor Barnes, a columnist for the Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News wrote this: Mae West — — big and buxom — — no indeed, svelte and blonde, blew in on the Chief from New York, tired, not cranky, but peeved at the Great American desert for providing her with weather that was too torrid for even Mae to work in "Diamond Lil" has yet to see a movie studio first-hand. She has never even seen a talkie made — — even in Gotham. But this oversight will be a thing of the past today when Mae gets over to Paramount studios where she is to play the leading role in "Night After Night. [sic]  ..."
• • Her coverage was published on Monday, 20 June 1932 in the Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In her new starring Paramount film, "Goin' to Town," Mae West undergoes the transformation from cowgirl to the sweetheart of society in Southampton, without losing her poise or her wise-cracking ability.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I have found men who didn't know how to kiss. I've always found time to teach them."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A British chronicler wrote about Mae West.
• • Mae West to Play "I'm a Saint" (By Air Mail From London) • •
• • British columnist Greville Bain wrote:  Mae West as a saint.  Whatever one may think of Miss Mae West, every one must admit that she is irrepressible, although a little while ago there was a prediction that she had almost run her course.  Even the matter of years was raised against her. There were rumours of marriage a quarter of a century ago, but Miss West denied the marriage and repudiated the husband.
• • Greville Bain explained:  There is no need to accept Miss Mae West as a mere girl in order to be convinced of the abounding life in her.   . . .
• • Source: Greville Bain's Cinema Chronicle (from London) for The Queenslander; published on Thursday, 20 June 1935
• • 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 3729th
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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/


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• • Mae West • in 1935

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