Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mae West: Bedroom Rights

In July 1970, The Australian Women's Weekly discussed MAE WEST and her eagerly awaited return to the silver screen in a lengthy, unhurried article.  This is Part 10, the final segment.
• • She's NOT Myra Breckinridge, but Mae Gets the Top Billing • •
• • Mae's secret • • 
• • Don Prince wrote:   I rather timidly asked what the secret of her eternal youth was.
• • With true West-ian candor I was told this by the screen queen.  "I've always looked after myself. My mother was a health nut and my father an athlete. I have never smoked or drunk. I have always eaten the best of foods and in moderation. I drink nothing but spring water and I even bathe in it. I exercise. I walk a lot and keep busy. I look after myself — — and myself likes it!"
• • "What about sex?" • •
• • Now, emboldened, I asked, "What about sex?"
• • "Well, now you're talking! Sex is important to me. You can't get enough of a good thing, in my opinion. I have always campaigned for equal bedroom rights for women. The whole Mae West thing is founded on this. Women, like men, should be allowed sexual selection and sexual freedom."
• • I hastily agreed.
• • "In 'Myra Breckinridge' I meet a passionate young student who, in Gore Vidal's book, puts me in the hospital.  But in the version I have written, I put him in the hospital! See what I mean?"
• • I did.
• • This was Part 10. This was the final excerpt and we hope you enjoyed all ten sections.
• • Source: Article "Mae Gets Top Billing" written by Don Prince for The Australian Women's Weekly; published on Wednesday, 1 July 1970.
• • On Saturday, 25 July 1922 in Connecticut • •
• • During July 1922 "The Ginger Box Revue" was booked for a try-out in Stamford, Connecticut.  Hours before opening, Mae West and the cast learned that their producer failed to secure adequate financing so they could have their costumes and the scenery.  Mae insisted on going forward, however, with a humorous prologue that highlighted the difficulties (making it seem part of the act).  The show gave two sell-out performances and received a review in The Stamford Advocate on Saturday, 25 July 1922.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Morgan Wallace got to work in two motion pictures starring Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "My ideas and my texts were from the first for the stage, through the secret doors of my personal life."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Australian paper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West Fell In Hotel, Claims Dollars" was the headline. • •
• • New York, July 16 (A.A.P.) — Actress Mae West to-day sued New York's Hotel Chatham for 250,000 dollars, damages for injuries received in a fall in her bathroom there. She alleged that a defective floor-mat caused the fall, which made her "sick, sore, lame, and disabled."
• • Miss West said she was prevented from continuing to earn 3,000 dollars weekly as the star of the play "Diamond Lil " The fall, she said, broke bones in her left ankle.  ... 
• • Note: There was a wonderful photo of Mae West, in costume, on Playbill for the show's Broadway revival. Then someone had the bright idea to replace the current black and white portrait with this very stylized, rather generic drawing. Which did you prefer?
• • Source: The Sunday Herald (Sydney, Australia); Sunday, 17 July 1949 

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,700 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
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