Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Mae West: Hot Dog King

On Tuesday, 5 December 1933, MAE WEST was in the news — — riding side-car with her sister.
• • On Tuesday, 5 December 1933, the night Prohibition was repealed, while Mae was being photographed in a Hollywood speakeasy with Gary Cooper, her sister was performing in Chicago, Illinois. Beverly had bookings for her popular "Mae West Act" in the heartland during most of the winter of 1933. Let’s enjoy this amusing rarity once again. This is Part 1 of three parts.
• • “Mae West's sister and hot dog king square off in drink contest” • •
• • United Press wrote: CHICAGO, Dec. 5, 1933 (U.P.) — — Beverly West, Mae West's little sister, entered the lists Tuesday as the representative of American womanhood in the first-person-to-take-a-drink-after-repeal contest.  "There's only one person in the world that might have the edge on me in taking the first drink after repeal," snapped Beverly, who is a small-sized edition of the glamorous Mae. "That's my sister, Mae, and she's taught me everything she knows."
• • Utah was the last state to ratify the 21st amendment • •
• • United Press continued: The entrance of a woman in the race for the honor of being the first person to take a legal drink after Utah's repeal vote is flashed eastward gave pause to Oscar Mayer, who first challenged the journalist Benjamin De Casseres [1873 — 1945], New York bon vivant, for the drinking honor.
• • Oscar admitted, “Mae West has me worried!” • • . . .
• • Source: Article syndicated by United Press; published on Tuesday, 5 December 1933. Part 2 will be posted tomorrow.
• • On Sunday, 19 December 1936 in England • •
• • Picturegoer's issue for the week of 19 December 1936 featured these three: Mae West, Merle Oberon, Alfred Hitchcock.
• • Picturegoer was a magazine published in the United Kingdom between 1913 — 1960. Its primary focus was on contemporary films and the performers who appeared in them. During the silent film era, it started as a weekly movie review, then evolved into a weekly listing of films being shown at UK cinema houses when talkies became popular. Eventually, it became a bi-weekly movie magazine featuring the screen's biggest stars that was sold at all movie theaters in the UK.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • NBC Chairman Frank R. McNinch was still dealing with the fallout after Mae West's appearance on his network. The FCC took the position that, though it had no power to censor radio guests.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Relatives and friends of my mother used to say: 'Look at that child! Why don't you stop her? She'll be the vainest creature on earth. Come away from that mirror, you bad girl!
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on breasts mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West noted in her 1959 memoir, Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It, that she regularly rubbed cocoa butter on her breasts and spritzed them with cold water.  "This treatment made them smooth and firm, and developed muscle tone which kept them right where they were supposed to be."
• • Source: Article: “It's the Breast Day of the Week!” by Chion Wolf for WNPR: published on Wednesday, 6 December 2017
• • 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 3856th 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 Picturegoer cover in 1935

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