Thursday, January 04, 2018

Mae West: A Queen's Queen

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 fifth excerpt.
• • Why Hollywood still needs a kick-ass feminist like Mae West • •
• • An affront to men who tried to control her • •
• • Steven Krage wrote: Her vanity was an affront to the men who tried to control her, but was her ace in the hole. There's nothing more frightening to an insecure man than a strong woman.
• • Steven Krage wrote: Another affront to the man's man was her appeal to the gay community. According to Tallulah Bankhead biographer Lee Israel, that "after years of exploiting nothing but the personality with which [the gay community] identified... West was firmly... among the favorites... in the ranks of the queens' queens." (Israel 305)
• • Steven Krage wrote:  Mae West even waged war with the gossip-mongers of the time. Her relationship with Louella Parsons was recalled as tenuous at first, according to George Eells’ brilliant dual biography of Parsons and Hedda Hopper. "The buxom, blonde Mae West," she opined was, "fat and fair." (Eells 143) Shrugging her shoulders about Parson's dislike of her, West asked a question for the ages: "Wouldn't you like it if y' were gettin' a Cadillac for the price of a Ford?" (Eells 144)
• • "Sex-ilations" • •  . . .
• • This is Part 5 of 6 parts. Part 6 will be seen on Friday.
• • Source: Article by Steven Krage for Chicago Now; published on Tuesday, 12 December 2017.
• • On Thursday, 4 January 1934 in The Los Angeles Times • •
• • Always a champion of the underdog, in October 1933 Mae West had called on Jim Rolph, governor of California, to block the extradition of union leader and film projectionist C.D. Cooper, who turned out to be an escaped inmate from South Carolina. The convict's real name was Ben Jones.
• • Mae West wrote to Gov. Rolph in a playful but earnest way: "Now, Jim, you know that I know men — — and if there ever was a man who appeared innocent it is Jones. In Ben Jones we have an example of a useful citizen and a job awaits him here."
• • Mae's involvement resulted in a number of follow-up articles. One news item about Ben Jones's situation (after Mae's outreach to the governor) ran in the L.A. Times and was printed on 4 January 1934.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • “Kiwi Nixs Hot Mamma” — — John Max Cryer turned down the offer of a role in a new Mae West film. The entertainer is due back in New Zealand early next month.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I take it out in the open and laugh at it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A brief bit on an upcoming election mentioned Mae West.
• • Clarissa Pinkola Estes writes: Maybe Iowa was interesting once. But now, I would not care if it was dems or repubs… the lineup is like watching third string green shirts/ blue shirts hyped as ‘superbowl.’ That’s pathetic, and Iowa now, is like watching reruns, bad ones, over and over. And over. So over. Re: the ‘lineup, I feel like Mae West (lol) … For gosh sake, give me a REAL MAN!! . . .
• • Source: Column: "Iowa, Whatever" written by Clarissa Pinkola Estes for The Moderate Voice; posted on Wednesday, 4 January 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 3868th 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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