Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mae West: A Real Lady

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 2.
• • It's pure Mae Westian • •
• • Michael Sean O'Shea  wrote:  Mae West has a penchant for smacking her lips, rolling her eyes and patting an imaginary unruly curl back into place while perched upon a love seat. She never stops moving even while seated. None of it is an act — — it's pure Mae Westian.
• • When In her own drawing room or backstage dressing quarters,  Mae West has always been the perfect lady, kind, gracious, and most considerate. She plays the over-sexed harlot on stage to perfection but she's more of a real lady off-stage than many an actress I could name.
• • "You're wasting your time!" • •  . . .
• • This was Part 2. "The Voice of Broadway" column continues (and concludes) tomorrow.
• • 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 Saturday, 22 June 1935 • •
• • The British film magazine Picturegoer, issue dated for 22 June 1935, offered an article "Previews of the Latest Films" and the first one was "Goin’ to Town" starring Mae West.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The love of actress Mae West’s life was a wrestler by the name of Charles H. (Chuck) Krauser, better known as Paul Novak.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Sex is emotion in motion."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Hollywood columnist  mentioned Mae West.
• • "Cary Is Just Normal" • •
• • Erskine Johnson wrote:Cary Grant was pacing the "Room for One More" set and talking about his 20-year career in Hollywood. The critics, he admitted, weren't out of their minds when they panned him in his early days as leading man to Tallulah Bankhead and Mae West.
• • "I wasn't very much of an actor," Cary Grant said. "When an actor's young, he's on exhibition constantly and he's not satisfied with himself. He thinks he's supposed to be something that he's not. So I was Noel Coward and I'd shove my hand in my pockets. It took me years to get my hands out of my pockets." . . .
• • Source: Item in Erskine Johnson's syndicated column; published on Tuesday, 25 September 1951
• • 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 3731st
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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