Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Mae West: Motherhood

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 2.
• • Very Carefully Mae West Insists on Being Herself • •
• • By Frank Taylor for Copley News Service • •
• • Never became a mother • •  
• • Mae, nearly 76 years old, confided in a recent interview that "my only regret is that I never experienced motherhood." She is very sentimental about children in private life. Michael Same, director of "Myra Breckinridge," has a young daughter named Claudia. Shortly after the child's birth, Mae sent her a diamond ring and a heart-shaped locket.
• • Mae secretly helps people financially if she thinks they are deserving, but she will never make a public announcement of it. Many of the letters sent by people from all over the globe ask for money, and strangely enough, most are from women.
• • Mae has a full-time secretary • •  . . .
• • Source:  The Daily Courier (Connellsville, PA); published on Saturday, 29 August 1970.
• • This was Part 2. We will continue with Part 3 tomorrow.
• • On Friday, 13 June 2008 • •
• • In August 2005, media mainstay Joe Franklin enjoyed seeing scenes from the play "Courting Mae West" — — and in June 2008 he had a chance to get acquainted with an entirely different cast when he popped in on a dress rehearsal in Times Square on Friday the 13th [13 June 2008]. Joe Franklin took photos with the actresses and you can see the pictures on some earlier posts. When he hosted his TV show "Memory Lane," Joe invited Mae West to be his guest half-a-dozen times and recounted some of her naughty quips.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • For years, Mae talked about, and thought about, the impression that Bostock's lions left on her when she watched the king of beasts at Dreamland, that wonderful amusement park in Brooklyn, New York.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on Harlem night clubs mentioned Mae West.
• • "The Rise and Fall of the Original Swing Street" • •
• • Faces of many hues would emerge to slip under awnings imprinted with names like Covan's and Pod's. Society figures and celebrities — — Tallulah Bankhead, Langston Hughes, Mae West — — crept into the street's basement-level speakeasies, drawn by the bawdy blues belting of the stout, unapologetically lesbian Gladys Bentley, or ribald vocalist Mary Dixon urging her lover to "Take your time with what you do/ Make me cry for more of you."  . . .
• • Source: Article in N.Y. Press; published on Wednesday, 23 November 2005
• • 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 3724th
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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