Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Mae West: Talkie Gossips

It was on Thursday, 21 December 1933 when MAE WEST was featured in a newspaper in Adelaide. Still “a new star” in 1933, Mae was trying to craft her image. Let’s have a look. This is Part 1 of two halves.
• • Mae West as She Really Is • •
• • Big Picture of Special Appeal to Women: Talkie Gossip • • 
• • What kind of a person is Mae West? Where did she come from?
• • The Australian film public Is asking these questions. Is she the sort of person she plays on the screen? Miss West wrote her first starring picture, “She Done Him Wrong,” which has been shown in Adelaide, and she had a hand in writing “I'm No Angel,” which will be released in Australia soon.
• • Unless she lives the sort of life she writes about, it is frequently offered, how can she make her flamboyant characters so convincing?
• • “Eugene O'Neill wrote a play about life on a barge, but nobody assumed he was a barge-hand,” Miss West is quoted as having answered such a query.
• • “While acting, I may dress vividly, but at other times I am usually attired in black,” she says.
• • “That is my private life” • •  . . .
• • Source: The Chronicle [Adelaide]; published on Thursday, 21 December 1933.
• • On Thursday, 26 December 1946 • •
• • Bosley Crowther wrote a New York Times obituary: "W.C. Fields, 66, Dies; Famed as Comedian." Of course, Fields was Mae's co-star in 1940.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • After Ed Gold finished his cross-country tour with Mae West, he soon returned to Santa Monica, where he used his machinist's skills to design and build his own sophisticated weight-lifting equipment. In 1965 he opened the first Gold's Gym.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Variety mentioned Mae West (spelling her first name "May").
• • "Production Engagements" • •
• • May (sic) West, by the Shuberts for the show atop the Century Roof. ...
• • Source: Item in Variety; published on Friday, 14 January 1921
• • 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 3861st 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 1940

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