Monday, February 05, 2018

Mae West: Dirty Snow White

While you’re sleeping, college professors in Hungary are thinking about MAE WEST. Here’s a long, striking research paper you might have missed. This is Part 1.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: The title of the paper reflects an inversion of one of Mae West’s witty remarks: “I used to be Snow White but I drifted” (West qtd. in Barreca 1996, 595).
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: Obviously, West never shied away from getting dirty – in every sense of the word – and while she immensely enjoyed it, capitalized on it while never regretting anything. Even more, she used the power of humor to enhance the effect of everything she did or said and she used humor as well to get away with many troubles. One of West’s famous trademark sentences, which emphasizes her unique style in expressing the way she never regretted anything she said or did is the following: “It isn’t what I do, but how I do it. It isn’t what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it” (West qtd. in Austerlitz 77-78). West was, and still is, one of the greatest comedians and humorists of all time, and everything she achieved professionally was greatly indebted to her fantastic sense of humor.
• • Mae never shied away from getting dirty • • . . .
• • This was Part 1 of a lengthy article. Part 2 will follow tomorrow.
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On Sunday, 5 February 1933 in New York • •
• • In an interview with New York World Herald in their Sunday issue, on 5 February 1933, Mae West boasted about discovering Cary Grant and getting him the role of Captain Cummings for her motion picture.
• • On Monday, 5 February 1934 in Scandinavia • •
• • "I'm No Angel" starring Mae West made its debut in Denmark on 5 February 1934.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West fused herself to the persona of "Diamond Lil" like no other character she had ever played.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “What I'm proudest of is that I... inspired [women] to stand up and walk on their own feet, not just lie on their backs."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Palm Springs newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Art Lasky, Former Ring Figure, Opens Office Here" • •
• • Art Lasky opened his first office in Hollywood where he became well known by treating top movie celebrities such as Mae West, Clark Gable, Robert Taylor, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, and Richard Arlen.
• • In his offices, located at 457 North Palm Canyon Drive in the Hotel Penthouse building, Lasky said, "I wanted someday to come to Palm Springs and set up a practice. I came to really like the desert when I used to come here to train as a fighter.” ...
• • Source: Item in The Desert Sun; published on Monday, 2 February 1953
• • 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 3890th 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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