Thursday, December 28, 2017

Mae West: Side Child

On Wednesday, 27 December 1933, the name of MAE WEST appeared with the word “grandma.” Let’s take a closer look at this article by Paul Harrison.
• • One Side Child!  Let Grandma Instruct You How to Become a Star on Broadway • •
• • Members of the older theatrical in Hollywood are Mae West and Ann Pennington.
• • By PAUL HARRISON (NEA Service Correspondent) NEW YORK, Dec. 26.
• • On the stage or in the movies, age doesn't seem to be any handicap to success. Nor does it impose a very strict limitation on roles.
• • Look at Mary Pickford's face; look at Ann Pennington's legs; look at Gilda Gray anywhere. Yet Miss Pickford, at 40, has been acting for 35 years, will act again — — and probably in the role of a young girl.
• • As for sinuous Ann Pennington, 41, a veteran of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1913, following her Broadway show last season, Ann has been enlivening vaudeville and night club revues.
• • Here's Fannie Brice, 42-year-old alumna of the Follies class of 1910, doing burlesques of a burlesque show "strip number" and a Sally Rand fan dance in the Follies of 1933. . . .
• • And Mae West • •
• • And Mae West, who has become the voluptuous symbol of the new deal in sex appeal, also was appearing in a Ziegfeld show in 1910 — — a musical comedy called "Papa's Wife" [sic].
• • Laura Hope Crews was born in 1880, made her first appearance on the stage at the age of 4, and was being acclaimed by Broadway at the turn of the century. …
• • Source: San Bernardino Sun; published on Wednesday, 27 December 1933.
• • On Sunday, 28 December 1969 • •
• • John Kobal wrote an article "Mae Queen" about movie star Mae West. The piece was published in Britain in the Sunday Times Magazine [UK] on Sunday, 28 December 1969.
• • On Sunday, 28 December 1969 • •
• • Photo of The Sunday Times Magazine’s glorious Mae West cover.
• • Overheard in Hollywood •
• • On Friday, 28 December 1934 all the good folks in The Yellowhammer State were anticipating another visit from Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I am a showman. I know that the public wants sex in their entertainment and I give it to them." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California daily mentioned Mae West.
• • “Mae West Novels Banned in Ireland” • •
• • Dublin, Dec. 28 —The Irish Free State literature censor has banned Mae West’s novels “She Done Him Wrong" and “The Constant Sinner,” it was announced today.   …
• • Source: Item on page 1 in Madera Tribune; published on Friday, 28 December 1934 
• • 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 3863rd 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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