Monday, January 08, 2018

Mae West: Doormat Deluxe

You may think you know everything about MAE WEST but can you describe her doormat?  In 1937, when Mae had “gone in seclusion,” one reporter gave her fans new details about her door-wiper in a delightful piece from the United Press syndicate. Take off your shoes and let’s enjoy it together.
• • Has Mae Gone in Seclusion? • •
• • Inscription on La West's Doormat Doesn't Mean a Thing Now • •
• • By Frederick C. Othman, United Press Correspondent
• • Hollywood, Aug. 10 — — The only trouble with Mae West's doormat deluxe is that it doesn't mean what it says.
• • This foot-wiper fantastic is made of finest velvet in shades of white and blue. It is installed where all may walk at the stoop of her studio bungalow and it has embroidered upon it a reminiscent phrase: "Come up and see me sometime."
• • Sometime in the future, maybe. The langorous Mae isn't inviting anybody to see her these days, account of real-life husband trouble as complex as that which provides the love interest in most of her pictures. La West is staying in her apartment, near the major pictures studio and seeing nobody, preparatory to what the dopesters believe will be a surprise in her widely publicized legal argument with Frank Wallace, the husband she hasn't seen for 15 years.
• • La West's bungalow, incidentally, is furnished entirely in white, even unto the upholstery, the bookbindings, yes — — and the rugs. That explains the elegant doormat.
• • Source: United Press syndicated column; published on Tuesday, 10 August 1937.
• • On Wednesday, 8 January 2003 in The Sun Belt • •
• • Florida readers of the Sun Sentinel were greeted by an interesting article "Three's A Crowd If One Is Mae West" published in the newspaper on Wednesday, 8 January 2003.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The new year didn't pass in the film colony without resolutions. Here's what some of Hollywood's stars have promised themselves. ...
• • Mae West has resolved to do this: Not to give another interview on "How to Hold a Man." After all, "I've never had one," Mae West told us.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "A girl in the convertible is worth five in the phonebook."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An essay by Colette discussed Mae West.
• • Colette wrote:  I am looking at stills of “She Done Him Wrong.” During the short and restrained hand-to-hand struggle between the two women, two breasts, white, powerful, strongly attached to her torso, all but spring nude out of Mae West’s bodice. She has the short neck, the round cheek of a young blonde butcher. Her arms are athletic, the cloth of the clinging dress creases, rides up from the well-fleshed thighs onto authentic buttocks.
• • Source:  Colette, Une comédienne de l’écran: Mae West, “Le Journal” — — 22 May 1938, transl. in Colette at the Movies: Criticism and Screenplay, edited by Alain and Odette Virmaux, Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., New York 1980
• • 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 3870th 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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