Monday, July 03, 2017

Mae West: Tars Stormed

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 5 of  this entertaining piece. 
• • "Mae West Hasn't Aged A Day Since She Was 30 Years Old" • •
• • Written by Nancy Anderson — — Copley News Service
• • Ticket-buyers frightened away by one word — — sex. • •
• • Nancy Anderson added:   Ticket-buyers were frightened away by one strong word — — sex.
• • Opening night was no great shakes with Mae and company playing to a poor house. And the next day the theater proprietor explained that decent folk had been frightened away by the shocking word on the marquee. However, a few sailors had been in the audience who took word back to the New Haven Navy base that something unusual had hit town. As a result, on the next evening, tars all but stormed the playhouse.
• • Sailors in the street • •
• • "There were so many sailors in the street,” Miss West remembers with satisfaction. “that I thought war had been declared. I sent my lawyer into the lobby to help sell tickets.”
• • From New Haven to New York • •  . . .
• • This was Part 5.   We will continue tomorrow with Part 6, the final segment.
• • Source: Article written by Nancy Anderson for Copley News Service; syndicated on Thursday, 8 November 1978.
• • On Monday, 3 July 1933 • •
• • Production of Mae West's motion picture "I'm No Angel" began on Monday, 3 July 1933 in Hollywood (and concluded in September 1933). 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Miss West appears next in "Tropicana." 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The National Piers Society mentioned Mae West.
• • The Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey has been put up for auction, with a reserve of $2.5 million. The pier dates back to 1898 but suffered severe storm damage in 1904 and devastating fires in 1969 and 1982 which destroyed the remainder of the original structure. At one time the pier showcased stars of the caliber of Charlie Chaplin, Benny Goodman, Mae West and Frank Sinatra, but it consists now of 24 rides, games and prize wheels.
• • Source: Item in their newsletter;   published in July 2011
• • 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
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