Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mae West: Inconspicuous Arrival

Was MAE WEST, in real life, anything at all like the celluloid sirens she portrayed? If not, how was she different from those brassy, sassy, man-eating dames? This is Part 2 of 3.
• • “Real Mae West Differs from the Actress She Plays” • •
• • a film star's touring paraphernalia • •
• • Here is one illustration: "Go West Young Man" portrays a film star's touring paraphernalia as extremely elaborate. But the real Mae West journeyed to Corona, California for her first ''location" scenes of the picture, in a simple fashion. Accompanied only by her driver and personal maid, Miss West's arrival was inconspicuous, and her departure the same — — a decided contrast to the film role (Mavis Arden) she portrays.
• • Here's another example the newspaper pointed out: In the film, the curvaceous star is driven about in a $25,000 dollar imported sedan — — the most elaborate equipage that could be found on the Pacific Coast. It belongs, incidentally, to another film personage [Constance Bennett].
• • without all the elaborate trappings • • . . .
• • Source: Article in The Desert Sun; published on Friday, 11 December 1936.
• • Mae West on NBC, Sunday, 12 December 1937 • •
• • Perhaps no other radio segment of The Chase and Sanborn Hour has sparked more commentary than the Sunday, December 12th, 1937 broadcast starring Mae West, the 44-year-old movie queen, who usually hid the fact that she was unable to read a script without eyeglasses.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • You should have seen Mae West practicing rope-twirling in the wide-open spaces of the Paramount lot!
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A man in the house is worth two in the street."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An American campus paper mentioned Mae West.
• • For me, John Simon's value lies in his viciousness. Who but John Simon would say the following in print about Judy Garland: I shall pass over the fact that her face has become that of a wizened child — rather like what Mae West used to call Shirley Temple, "a 5-year-old-midget"— and that her figure resembles the giant economy size tooth paste in girls' bathrooms: squeezed intemperately at all points, it acquires a shape that defies definition by the most resourceful solid geometrician . . .
• • Source: Columbia Daily Spectator; published on Thursday, 6 December 1973
• • 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 3851st 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 1937

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