Monday, December 11, 2017

Mae West: Unlike Her

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 1 of 3.
• • “Real Mae West Differs from Actress She Plays” • •
• • An article published in Palm Springs, California on Friday, 11 December 1936 discussed in great detail all the ways the real woman was nothing like the fictional, fickle females she played.
• • The Desert Sun reporter wrote: Mae West's characterization of a motion picture star in "Go West Young Man," the hilarious comedy — — which comes to the Palm Springs Theatre on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 14,15,16 — — is, strangely enough, entirely unlike her own life as an outstanding film luminary.
• • The West Coast newspaper gave several examples.
• • a film star's touring paraphernalia • •  . . .
• • Source: Article in The Desert Sun; published on Friday, 11 December 1936.
• • On Monday, 11 December 1939 in Hollywood • •
• • W.C. Fields sent Mae notes and script suggestions. Often these musings did not make it into the "My Little Chickadee" script.
• • In a note dated Monday, 11 December 1939 — — Dressing Room, Fields wrote:
• • Dear Mae, Eddie [Sutherland] told me that you asked him if I had any suggestions for the finish. This is it. The finish leaves us just the two of us at the end of the picture with no attempts at comedy or wise cracks from either of us. I think it will leave a nice human, homey feeling in the audience's mind. . . .
• • However, this vague, unfunny conclusion Fields sketched out was rather toothless and too wispy to be used. Wiser heads prevailed.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Bay Meadows Racetrack drew celebrities of the equine world such as Seabiscuit, Citation, Determine, John Longden, and Bill Shoemaker, watched by the celebrities of Hollywood including Al Jolson, Mae West, Clark Gable, and Bing Crosby.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Oh, I'm never dirty, dear. I'm interesting without bein' vulgar. I have taste." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An American daily paper mentioned Mae West.
• • At Nyack’s Rockland Theatre — “I’m No Angel" with Mae West and Cary Grant. Typical Mae West humor, simultaneously funny and vulgar. Highly recommended.
• • Source: Rockland County Journal News; published on Monday, 4 December 1933
• • 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 3850th 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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• • Mae West • costumed as Flower Belle Lee in 1939

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