Friday, December 29, 2017

Mae West: Kick-Ass Mae

A marvelous tribute to MAE WEST recently appeared in Chicago Now. In case you missed it, here it is. Can you think of a better way to shimmy into the New Year? Here’s the first excerpt.
• • Why Hollywood still needs a kick-ass feminist like Mae West • •
• • Steven Krage wrote:  Ever since the dawn of the 5-o'clock girls, Hollywood actresses who were specifically hired by film studios to "service" their star actors and directors, the vice grip of sexual urge has plagued Tinseltown. Hollywood has had its share of scandals, follies, and outrages, but what has been happening recently is a never-ending trove of dysfunction and evil.
• • Steven Krage wrote:  When I discuss the events of these fateful few months, I often include the caveat that Hollywood has always been a boys-club in the worst possible way. Men in Hollywood have used women as tissues and tossed them aside even faster since the first film unspooled.  . . .
• • Steven Krage wrote: Tinseltown is now embroiled in a full-fledged war, specifically caused by men not being able to put their guns away after they're half-cocked.
• • Time Magazine and Belles of the Past • • . . .
• • This is Part 1 of 6 parts.  Part 2 will be seen on Monday.
• • Source: Article by Steven Krage for Chicago Now; published on Tuesday, 12 December 2017.
• • On Sunday, 29 December 1912 • •
• • In the Sunday morning newspapers on 29 December 1912, readers noticed that B.F. Keith was offering "Dinkelspiel's Christmas" along with "MAY WEST — singing comedienne" [yes, the newspaper spelled it "MAY WEST" in their 29 December 1912 ad].
• • The 14th Street theatre is, alas, long gone but we can only imagine how much fun we missed since, alas, we were not around to dial STuyvesant 3400 to reserve a ticket.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • On Wednesday, 29 December 1937, Variety did an article on the ill-fated broadcast Mae did on NBC: "Mae West Case Big Dilemma in Washington."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "We haven't had any perfectly Natural Figures since the war took beer away."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Westchester County paper mentioned Mae West.
• • "At Bronxville Theatre" • •
• • Sunday, Monday, Tuesday — — January 2, 3, 4 starring Mae West, Victor Moore, William Gaxton in their new comedy “The Heat's On” . . .
• • Source: Item in The Bronxville Review-Press; published on Wednesday, 29 December 1943
• • 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 3864th 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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