Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mae West: 5-Inch Heels

It was on Wednesday, 21 February 1940 when MAE WEST received generous, supportive coverage by a United Press columnist. Alas, once again the author of “Diamond Lil” was in court. Here’s the first of 3 segments.
• • “They Done Her Wrong” • • 
• • By Frederick C. Othman in Hollywood (U.P.) • •
• • Mae West, the "Little Chicka-dee," stomped into court in five-inch heels yesterday to insist that If anybody'd been done wrong, it was Mae West — — with a $1,000,000 divvy-up suit in her lap.
• • the relation of sex to art • •
• • The curvaceous Mae, who has spent considerable time In court arguing the relation of sex to art, informed Judge William S. Baird that he'd wronged a lady who'd cheated nobody, not even Mark Linder, who claimed that she did.
• • As the co-author of "Diamond Lil,” which later became the movie, "She Done Him Wrong," Mark Linder charged that Miss West paid him his part of the $25,000 she ostensibly got for the picture and then took a secret share of the profits. He said he figured he had at least $11,000,000 coming to him — — maybe more, and he demanded that the court order an accounting.
• • Asked for $I00,000 • •  . . .
• • Part 2 of three parts will appear tomorrow.
• • Source: United Press column; published and syndicated on Wednesday, 21 February 1940.
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• • On Thursday, 10 January 1935 in Los Angeles • •
• • A newspaper gossip column reported on Thursday, 10 January 1935 that actress Lydia Roberti [1906 — 1938] lives in the same apartment building as Mae West, George Burns and Gracie Allen, George Raft, and Ida Lupino. The Ravenswood at 570 North Rossmore was the address, of course.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Always carry a life preserver, especially a Mae West, hunters. Who would think of getting chilled with Mae West around?
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I've got a feeling for what is right, and what is wrong."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The United Press mentioned Mae West.
• • Frederick C. Othman wrote: It is a peculiar book. The publisher said, write, an autobiography. I said, Who? Me? "Yes," he replied, "but leave yourself out of it and write about those people with whom you've done business the last 20 years." This obviously was a good idea, hut how can I leave myself out of it when I am surrounded by blondes in a nudist camp? Or talking to Mae West about her cast iron underwear? . . .
• • Source: United Press column; published and syndicated on Tuesday, 11 March 1947
• • 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 3872nd 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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