Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Mae West: Feminist Maverick

A very fine tribute to MAE WEST appeared last month in Chicago Now. In case you missed it, here it is. Can you think of a better way to brighten the New Year? Here’s the third excerpt.
• • Why Hollywood still needs a kick-ass feminist like Mae West • •
• • Heeding the wisdom of Mae West • •
• • Steven Krage wrote: Of course, no one came more often or with more pleasure than Mae West.
• • Steven Krage wrote:  Here was a woman who was not only an actress, but a playwright, author, producer, director, musician, boundary-pusher, feminist maverick, and strong, independent, woman. Her characters oozed sex from every pore, in an almost masculine way, with a sense of confidence that soaked into every orifice of her existence. She was jailed for her raunchy plays and spat in the face of conformity and mediocrity. In her own words: "I never tolerated disrespect from a man." (Chandler 192)
• • Steven Krage wrote: Mae fought against censorship, shook the morals of early Hollywood, and didn't let up until the day she died.
• • Rules to break • •  . . .
• • This is Part 3 of 6 parts. Part 4 will be seen on Wednesday.
• • Source: Article by Steven Krage for Chicago Now; published on Tuesday, 12 December 2017.
• • On Wednesday, 2 January 1980 in Huntington, NY • •
• • On 2 January 1980, Long Island movie-goers got to enjoy "I'm No Angel" [1933] starring Mae West on Wednesday evening at 7:45 and 10:15 pm at New Community Cinema, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY. Admission price was $3.00.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Some newcomers fashioned their stage appearance or performance style after some of the more daring female celebrities of the day, including Mae West and Lillian Russell.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “When you got the personality, you don’t need the nudity.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An astrology web site mentioned Mae West.
• • By the 1970s, Sydney Omarr was appearing on various radio and television shows including Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson, Regis Philbin and Tom Snyder. He became friends with movie actresses like Kim Novak, Mae West, and Rita Hayworth and the walls of his Westside apartment were covered with framed photographs of him with celebrities such as Angie Dickinson, Jayne Mansfield, Aldous Huxley and Henry Miller.
• • Sydney Omarr died on Thursday, 2 January 2003 at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California of a heart attack.. . .
• • Source: Sydney Omarr web site;   undated text 
• • 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 3866th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/


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• • Mae West • in 1933

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