Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mae West: Sex Goddess

Well-loved by reporters everywhere, MAE WEST received a proper send-off in every American newspaper. Here is one item with no byline that ran on Monday, 24 November 1980.
• • We were glad to see you, Mae • •
• • Hollywood — Friends and admirers plan to bid a final farewell this week to sultry movie queen Mae West, whose sexy walk and sexy talk made her a Hollywood legend. West died Saturday at her home at age 87. She had spent the past three months in a hospital recuperating from a mild stroke.
• • In the 1930s, Mae West made herself a sex goddess with her hour-glass figure, brassy blonde hair and sexy walk. Her image sometimes got her into trouble and, once, even into jail. West made her stage debut in vaudeville at 5 in a singing and dancing act in which she was known as "Baby Vamp."
• • Her 1926 appearance in a play called, "Sex," got her an 8-day term in New York's city jail, but she went in 1928 she went on to the role of "Diamond Lil," a character which built the Mae West image.
• • Her name even found its way into the dictionary after pilots of the Royal Air Force began calling their inflatable life-jackets, "Mae Wests," in honor of her physique.
• • Source: Associated Press article rpt by The Stanford Daily; published on Monday, 24 November 1980.
• • On Monday, 28 November 1932 • •
• • At the MPPDA board meeting on Monday, 28 November 1932, Adolph Zukor made promises to Will Hays that only "suitable material" would find its way into the script and the "Diamond Lil" title was already gone.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Did you spot Mae West in the animated cartoon "The Coo-Coo Nut Grove" [released Nov. 1936]?
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "After I leave the bathroom, you can go in and fry an egg!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An American daily paper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Go West Young Man" — — Mae goes rural • •
• • "You've taken a big bite out of my heart already, honey!" The chickens are cleaning out the hen house, the cattle are shining up the barn and Ma Jones is bringing out the best silver for the rumor is out that Mae West has gone rural in her latest picture "Go West Young Man." 
• • Horace Greeley said it first but It is doubtful whether or not he convinced more young men with this wise old saying in his day than Mae West will with her very modern version of "Go West Young Man" which opens at the Parthenon Theater [Indiana] on Saturday for a three-day engagement with three of Hollywood's leading male stars as "the object of her affection."  — — Hollywood Film Shop
• • Source: Item in The Times [Hammond, Indiana]; published on Friday, 15 January 1937
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past 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 3841st 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/


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• • Mae West • in 1936

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