Monday, December 18, 2017

Mae West: Unapologetic Career

MAE WEST’s career was covered with enormous appreciation by The Vintage News.
• • “Bombshell Mae West did not begin her career in films until she was almost 40, became second highest paid person in America” • •
• • Stefan A. wrote: Not every actress on the planet would have taken pride in the fact that Salvador Dalí, the greatest surrealist the world has ever known, designed a sofa inspired by her lips, known as Dalí’s West Lips Sofa. Well, that is actually what happened with the lips of the one and only Mae West, and it is a fraction of what the timeless actress left as her legacy to popular culture.
• • Her Unapologetic Career • •
• • Stefan A. wrote: Some claim that the curvy bombshell inspired the bottle of Coca-Cola, and it is a fact that there was a perfume that, indeed, took the shape of her prominent torso. It was designed in 1937, by one of the greatest rivals of Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli. The perfume was named Schoking, which is probably a good word to use to also describe a major portion of Mae West’s overall unapologetic career.  . . .
• • Source: brief excerpt from an article in The Vintage News; posted on Sunday, 3 December 2017.
• • On Saturday, 18 December 1937 • •
• • On Saturday, 18 December 1937 some industry people surely noticed an article about Mae West on page 27 in Motion Picture Herald:   "Mae West Burlesques the Bible on the Air for Coffee Merchants." 
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Architect John Elgin Woolf was a proponent of Hollywood Regency style. Woolf created homes for a roster of stars, among them Errol Flynn, Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, and Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Sex is good for you.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Bangor Daily News wrote about Mae West.
• • "Mae West played Bangor’s Bijou" • •
• • Wayne E. Reilly wrote: Hardeen, the handcuff king, also known as Harry Houdini’s brother, was the headliner at the Bijou in Bangor in mid-December, 1912, a century ago. The next week, the top billing went to Mae West, fresh from Hammerstein’s Victoria Theater in New York.
• • Wayne E. Reilly wrote: The teenage “singing comedienne” impressed audiences with her cleverness and her fancy gowns, but not her singing ability. Mae, then a brunette, was still perfecting her art. Bangor folks were used to the best Broadway had to offer — — up around the corner at the Bangor Opera House on Main Street.
• • Wayne E. Reilly wrote: Hardeen and Mae West were just two examples of the acts topping the playbill at Bangor’s plush new vaudeville theater, which opened for business on Exchange Street in late August.  ...
• • Source: Wayne E. Reilly’s column in Bangor Daily News; published on Friday, 23 December 2012
• • 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 3855th 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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