Friday, June 23, 2017

Mae West: Not a Clue

Theatrical press agent Michael Sean O'Shea wrote a lovely, lively tribute to MAE WEST. It's been forgotten so let's go through the red-velvet-lined memory vault and give it a spotlight. This is Part 3, the finale.
• • "You're wasting your time!" • • 
• • Michael Sean O'Shea wrote:  After all these years, I am still baffled by her exceedingly youthful appearance. If Mae West has had her face lifted, then the job was done from within. There isn't a trace, not a clue as to where she may have undergone plastic surgery and, being the pixy that she is, she always knows when anyone is trying to take a peek: to find out.
• • She stops every rude stare by softly purring, "You're wasting your time big boy, there ain't none."
• • Note:  Dorothy Kilgallen Is on vacation. Her guest columnist today is theatrical publicist Michael Sean O'Shea.    
• • This was Part 3. "The Voice of Broadway" column from 1957 concludes today.
• • Note: Michael Sean O'Shea was the press rep for "Diamond Lil" during its Broadway run at the Plymouth Theatre from 9/07/1949 — 1/21/1950.
• • Source: Dorothy Kilgallen's syndicated column was written, during her vacations, by other theatre people.  Theatrical press agent Michael Sean O'Shea wrote this. It circulated in major newspapers during November 1957.
• • On Tuesday, 23 June 1970 • •
• • "Myra Breckinridge" had its red-carpet, star-studded premiere in New York at the Criterion Theatre (1514 Broadway) on Tuesday, 23 June 1970. The movie went into general release in the USA one day later.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In 1949, Mae West, recalling the days when the word "sex" was rarely uttered, said of Alfred Kinsey:  "That guy merely makes it easy for me. Now I don't have to draw 'em any blueprints... He and I are are both in the same business...  Except I saw it first."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I don't believe my next motion picture will be banned in Boston."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Actress Virginia Mayo  mentioned Mae West.
• • Virginia Mayo said:  Let's talk here about George Raft. I appeared in a movie called "Red Light" with this so-called actor. Honestly, he was awful. He could not act his way out of a paper sack and I have no idea why he was ever even hired for any movie anywhere. (I've managed to block out everything about "Red Light," probably because I had to act opposite that non-actor.) I know Mae West thought George Raft was the cat's pajamas and they had a tumultuous affair, although it's hard for me to imagine that "actor" being tumultuous about anything. Oh, he was just terrible!  . . .
• • Source: "Virginia Mayo: The Best Years of My Life" written by Virginia Mayo and L.C. Van Savage; published in 2002 
• • 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 3732nd
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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