Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mae West: Throngs of Fans

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 3 of 3.
• • “Real Mae West Differs from the Actress She Plays” • •
• • without all the elaborate trappings • •
• • Actually, however, the off-screen Mae West has stock model automobiles distinctly minus elaborate trappings. ... The throngs of fans surrounding the Triangle A ranch near Corona did not, in fact, recognize Mae West's car until some time after the star had arrived.
• • Furthermore, her characterization requires that Mavis Arden appears as an extremely self-centered person, while her co-workers in the studio are unanimous in declaring that Miss West in real life is one of the most "regular" people in the film industry.
• • Here's a final example from The Desert Sun: While on location, Miss West stopped at the famous Norconian Club, a mecca for Eastern tourists. Contrary to the fictionalized activities of stars, Miss West's stay at the hotel was marked primarily by lack of display. She mingled freely with the guests — — many of whom were unaware that Hollywood's leading name was among them. ...
• • Note: Where was this "Norconian Club"?  The Norconian Resort is a former hotel/resort in Norco (now Corona), California, built in the 1920s.

• • Source: Article in The Desert Sun; published on Friday, 11 December 1936.
• • On Friday, 13 December 1912 in Variety • •
• • At Hammerstein's Victoria the stagebill was always crowded. In December 1912, the singing comedienne Mae West opened right after intermission, a difficult spot on the Program because the audience was still taking seats, waving to friends as they strolled down the aisle, and not paying attention to the act onstage. Variety noted, in their issue dated for Friday, 13 December 1912 that Mae West was at a disadvantage that evening and "some of her very good material went for naught."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West's style is too subtle for Hollywood, it seems. They don't get her.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The thing that worries me most . . . is the reformers likin' me. When they do, I'll know I'm slippin'!"
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An American daily paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Horse Races Here Next Sunday • •
• • Mae West, screen actress, has two favored horses competing in the Sunday races. The famous film star’s speedsters, Art Dillon and Lucky Watts will have W. E. Bakeoff driving them for a winning place at the Palm Springs Field Club. Considerable interest has been shown among local Palm Springs men, many of whom plan to purchase or lease some of the fine horses entered here Sunday so they will race under their colors.   . . .
• • Source: item in Desert Sun; published on Friday, 4 December 1936
• • 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 3852nd 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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