Monday, January 01, 2018

Mae West: Sage Mother

MAE WEST wishes all of you a sensational, a-Mae-zing New Year, a year that tops the last twelve months in every way!
• • And a heartfelt, very well-expressed tribute to Mae appeared last month in Chicago Now. In case you missed it, here it is. Can you think of a better way to shimmy into the New Year? Here’s the second excerpt of Steven Krage's essay.
• • Why Hollywood still needs a kick-ass feminist like Mae West • •
• • Time Magazine and Belles of the Past • • . . .
• • Steven Krage wrote: Time Magazine recently temporarily rebranded their "Person of the Year" into "People of the Year," namely The Silence Breakers, those women who decided that the weight of the male burden would not fall on their shoulders without being forced to the floor and made to beg for forgiveness.
• • From Stage Mother to Sage Mother • •
• • Steven Krage wrote: Within this imbroglio, I hear the clang of the belles of the past, echoing through the years and yearning for this new age of actresses to heed the lessons that the past holds. In each generation of actresses, there was at least one who took the helm of "Sage Mother" of the clan. She was the figure to hold men in her palm, twist them to her will, and hold the masculine ego in check.
• • Steven Krage wrote: That's why now, more than ever, I think we need to remember the strong, fearless woman that came before.
• • Heeding the wisdom of Mae West • •  . . .
• • This is Part 2 of 6 parts. Part 3 will be seen on Tuesday.
• • Source: Article by Steven Krage for Chicago Now; published on Tuesday, 12 December 2017.
• • On Sunday, 1 January 1967 • •
• • Newspaper readers in D.C. got a brief respite from hearing about the antics of President Lyndon B. Johnson on Sunday morning, 1 January 1967 when the Washington Post printed an article by Kevin Thomas: "Mae West, Like Rock 'n' Roll Music, Is Still Deeply Rooted in Ragtime."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West has the role of Flower Belle Lee, idol of the "boys," and the sight of the comedian battling to save himself from the alluring dangers of the beautiful Miss West is the kind of screen material that will throw any audience into a panic.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Yeah, sure, I top ‘em all!”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • It was on Wednesday, 1 January 1941 that a review of "My Little Chickadee" was printed and the Australian film critic heaped praise on its co-star Mae West.
• • From Queensland, the Morning Bulletin's movie critic wrote: What could be funnier than W. C. Fields as a patent medicine vendor turned masked bandit (sic), and Mae West, late of the honky tonks, as a little desert flower blooming brighter every hour?  . . .
• • Source: Entertainment Feature: "Winter Garden Theatre "My Little Chickadee" (page 8) written for the Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia); published on Wednesday, 1 January 1941
• • 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 3865th 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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1 comment:

  1. The Kevin Thomas review of Mae West's rock 'n roll recording, "Way Out West," set the ball in motion for a lifelong friendship between the two. West was impressed enough to meet with Thomas over dinner and she after checking him out, decided that he would be a great ally when she undertook her return to the films with "Myra Breckinridge."