Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Mae West: Pimps and Sadists

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 6 of  this entertaining piece. 
• • "Mae West Hasn't Aged A Day Since She Was 30 Years Old" • •
• • Written by Nancy Anderson — — Copley News Service
• • From New Haven to New York • •
• • Nancy Anderson added:  From Connecticut, the play went to New York where it ran for two years to full houses.
• • "Then you can guess what happened,” Miss West continues with a knowing smile. “Other producers tried to bring out plays like mine, but they didn’t know how.  They went too far with plays about prostitutes and pimps and sadists and all that kind of thing, and their plays failed. “My play was a success because it had an interesting story, and it didn't have a ‘hell’ or a ‘damn' or a single dirty word in it.”
• • Miss West finds a moral in this segment of her life story from which contemporary producers might profit. Though love has been her chief stock-in-trade (on stage and on camera at least), Miss West has been married only once. “When I was 17 years old," she claims.
• • This excerpt was Part 6.   This is the final segment.
• • Source: Article written by Nancy Anderson for Copley News Service; syndicated on Thursday, 8 November 1978.
• • On Tuesday, 4 July 2017 • •
• • The Mae West Blog wishes all our visitors a hot and happy Fourth of July.
• • On Saturday, 4 July 1970 • •
• • While the motion picture "Myra Breckinridge" was not a hit, the media exposure engendered a "Mae West revival," explained The New York Post on Saturday, 4 July 1970.  Guess they must have attended the premiere and watched as 10,000 fans swarmed the streets outside the theatre, screaming for Mae West (and ignoring Raquel what's-her-name).
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, the film star, has asked for a divorce from her one-time vaudeville partner, Frank Wallace, charging him with cruelty.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "My play 'Sex' was a work of art."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Dorothy Kilgallen's Broadway column mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West and Jerry Lucas are a heart toddy.  ...
• • Source: Item in Dorothy Kilgallen's syndicated column; published on Monday, 26 March 1945
• • 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 • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the
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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