Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mae West: Naked Bodies

On Thursday, 8 November 1978, when MAE WEST was 80 years old, syndicated columnist Nancy Anderson's interview with the screen legend ran. Rattled off from Mae's point-of-view and with no fact-checking, the text is rather cheeky. Let's enjoy it together.  This is Part 2. 
• • "Mae West Hasn't Aged A Day Since She Was 30 Years Old" • •
• • Written by Nancy Anderson — — Copley News Service
• • Pictures with nudity are not doing well • •
• • Nancy Anderson added:  Pictures aren’t doing that well today, Mae continues, because "they use nudity and all this stuff too much. They don’t have good stories.  And so the producers throw in naked bodies and think they will save their pictures — — which they won’t.”
• • The ever-vigorous Miss West began her career at the age of 8 performing in dramatic stock [sic] and, by the time she was 17, she was a headliner in vaudeville and revues [sic]. 
• • According to Mae's story about her past, the famous Schuberts, impressed by her obvious box-office power, decided  to star her in a play and offered several vehicles for her consideration, but none, Mae says, was suitable.
• • Mother made a suggestion • •   . . .
• • This was Part 2. We will continue tomorrow with Part 3.
• • Source: Article written by Nancy Anderson for Copley News Service; syndicated on Thursday, 8 November 1978.
• • On Friday, 28 June 1946 • •
• • Mae West was starring in "Come On Up" at Cass Theatre in Detroit on Friday, 28 June 1946. The Playgoer's cover featured a beautiful portrait of Mae West perched on a divan wearing a beautiful gown with a floral pattern. 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Everyone, it seems, either loved or hated Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "She who laughs lasts."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Westchester County paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West, whose list of “tall, dark and handsomes” has been swelling from picture to picture, attains her all time record in her new Paramount film, “Goin’ to Town,” playing at RKO Proctor’s, Mount Vernon, five days, Saturday to Wednesday, June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 3.
• • Seven “leading men” are Miss West’s total in the new picture, and not one of them has ever acted with her before. Paul Cavanagh heads the list as the man Miss West really loves, with Ivan Lebedeff, Tito Coral, Fred Kohler, Sr., Monroe Owsley, Gilbert Emery and Grant Withers, running him close seconds.  ...
• • Source:  Review in Bronxville Press (Bronxville, NY); published on Friday, 28 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 3735th
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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