Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mae West: Tell-Tale Hands

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 4.
• • She's NOT Myra Breckinridge, but Mae Gets the Top Billing • •
• • "Myra Breckinridge" • •
• • Don Prince wrote:    The motion picture "Myra Breckinridge" is being produced by the author Gore Vidal himself, in conjunction with Robert Fryer.   lt is directed by the young Englishman Michael Same.
• • Mae's skin is that of a young girl, even to the usually tell-tale hands, which remain milk-white and completely unwrinkled. Her features and even her throat show so little of time's toll as to make her the envy of women 30 years her junior and send the make-up wizards of Hollywood into wondering disbelief.  Her blonded hair becomes her far more than if the rightful silver threaded out the gold.
• • But it is still the china-blue eyes that can roll over a man like a tingling tongue and the almost insulting smile that dares desire and declares that Mae West is quite indestructible, thank you.
• • The husky voice that sent men into emotional nip-ups • •   . . .
• • This was Part 4. This article continues tomorrow with Part 5.
• • Source: Article "Mae Gets Top Billing" written by Don Prince for The Australian Women's Weekly; published on Wednesday, 1 July 1970.
• • On Friday, 18 July 1952 • •
• • The headline on July 18th read: "Mae Gets Mae West."  Here's the scoop.
• • New York, Thursday — Mae West, reversing her usual procedure, came up to Groton submarine base to see the United States Navy. She was given a Mae West life jacket. Hundreds of sailors at the base whooped and shouted when Miss West hove into view.
• • The actress came as the Navy's honored guest for the unveiling of the latest model "Mae West" jacket.  The new jackets were made of an orange-red material, visible at great distances at sea.
• • "I like the new color," Miss West said. "It's so desirable.  I understand they can be seen from a great distance. That's another thing we have in common."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • While playing opposite Mae West in the Chicago production of "Sextette," Alan Marshal took ill onstage and had a heart attack.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:    "It's the fairy princess, ya mug!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Advocate (in Tasmania) discussed and praised Mae West.
• • "Mae West at Burnie Theatre" • •
• • The Advocate wrote:  Mae West, claimed to be the most spectacular figure on the stage or screen to-day, will be seen at the Burnie Theatre to-morrow night in her first Paramount starring picture, "She Done Him Wrong," a melodrama which she herself wrote. "She Done Him Wrong" is a story of a section of New York during the "gay nineties," with its collection of cabarets, "tough" men and frivolous women.  . . .
• • Source: Article in The Advocate; published on Friday, 13 July 1934
• • 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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• • Mae West • in 1932

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