Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mae West: Sex Driven

On Friday, 12 October 1973, an intriguing article was published about MAE WEST.  Celebrity interviewer Norma Lee Browning [24 November 1914 — 11 June 2001], who shared Mae's passion for spirits, psychics, and the occult, had several wonderful conversations with the movie queen during her stint as a Hollywood chronicler, 1966—1976. Let's enjoy it together.
• • Come Up and See Her Sometime: The incomparable and indestructible Mae West has written a book titled ‘’Sex Drive.” • •
• • Young fans send her jewelry • •
• • Mae West added,  “A lot of the kids send me jewelry, too — —  diamonds. Nothing too big, of course. They're not like these rocks!" And here Mae flashed those impressive jewels she was wearing. "But I got a half-carat diamond from a l7-year-old boy and a bracelet with 10 diamonds and a diamond heart.”
• • Miss West's close friend and Hollywood producer Stanley Musgrove, is planning another important “project” for her, but neither would disclose whether it would be for television or it would be another movie. Stanley Musgrove is also president of the President of the USC “Friends,” and the man chiefly responsible for the annual memorial tributes to those who have arrived at greatness in their fields.
• • This was Part 4, the conclusion of this vivid vintage coverage.
• • Source: Item in Norma Lee Browning's syndicated gossip column; published on Friday, 12 October 1973.
• • On Thursday, 12 October 1933 • •
• • The premiere of "I'm No Angel," starring Mae West was held on Thursday, 12 October 1933 in Hollywood.  A triumphant date in Hollywood for the Brooklyn bombshell.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West and Rock Hudson were seen at the Movieland Wax Museum in Hollywood.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Chicago daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Norma Lee Browning wrote:  MYRA REVISITED: Before departing Hollywood, we popped in on the "Myra Breckinridge" set again and caught pouty Rex Reed lounging languidly on Mae West's bed in a Peel-Me-a-Grape-Beulah scene. Half-way thru, he reminded the cinematographer, Richard Moore, "Remember, this is my best side." As if they don't have problems enough already with Raquel Welch and Miss West. . .
• • Source: Item in Norma Lee Browning's gossip column; published on Tuesday, 11 November 1969
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past thirteen thirteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,800 blog posts. Wow!   
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3807th 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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  1. I believe that the half-carat diamond that Mae West received from the 17 year-year-old boy was from Robert Duran in California. He became a member of the Mae West Fan Club and befriended Craig Eadie, who lived in Canada, and was subsequently invited to stay at Mae's Santa Monica Beach House. Duran eventually became a confident of West, and looked after her fan correspondence.

  2. • • Robert Duran, age 17, bought Mae a diamond. Wow, that gift must have amazed her.
    • • Duran became her secretary and she was very fond of him, too.
    • • Many thanks for sharing that!