Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mae West: Faking a Laugh

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 37.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • all the best female humorists are troublemakers • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: However, Barreca’s claims where she states that “all the best female humorists” are troublemakers with their “devastating wit” (1996, 3), precisely applies to West. Yet, I think that this is true about humorists in general, not just about women. Yet, Barreca emphasizes the sexual aspect of women’s understanding and use of humor again by stating that “[t]he girl couldn’t laugh, because Good Girls just didn’t ‘get it’ […] [b]ad girls bounced” (1992, 3). She also reveals a quite striking association between humor, laughter and sexuality by stating
• • faking a laugh is like faking an orgasm • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: [f]aking a laugh is like faking an orgasm: we’ve been taught to believe it’s preferable to pretend pleasure than to say ‘That one didn’t do it for me.’ And we have certainly been taught not to say the most dangerous of lines: ‘That one didn’t do it for me, but let me suggest something that might.’ (1996, 9)
• • a bad girl is not going to take it • •   . . .
• • This was Part 37 of a lengthy article. Part 38 will follow tomorrow. 
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On Monday, 27 March 1989 • •
• • Published on Monday, 27 March 1989 was Carol Ward's fascinating book "Mae West: A Bio-bibliography" [Greenwood Press, 241 pages]. Ward's chapters include a biography, an examination of the art of Mae West, and a bibliographical checklist of key Mae West sources. One of her helpful sections summarizes and partially reprints several early interviews, spanning many years and quoting liberally — — including the full texts of interviews by Ruth Biery and George Christy. Carol Ward's "Bibliographical Essay" evaluates and surveys works by and about Mae West, including Fergus Cashin's snarky, highly suspect "Mae West" (1981).
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Of his experience co-starring in that 1970 camp-classic train wreck of a movie, "Myra Breckinridge," based on Gore Vidal’s novel, columnist Rex Reed said, “Mae West spoke to no one but God. Raquel [Welch] spoke only to the head of the studio. The head of the studio spoke only to God, who then relayed the message back to Mae West.”
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Censors again!”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Milwaukee Magazine did an article on Mae West.
• • “Bizarre Milwaukee Connection Behind Mae West’s Biggest Secret” • •
• • Matthew Prigge, of Milwaukee Magazine, wrote: One of the biggest stars of her era was married in Milwaukee – a marriage she worked hard to keep a secret.
• • Matthew Prigge wrote: In 1935, Mae West was one of world’s greatest sex symbols, a blonde bombshell who made her name during the so-called “pre-code” era of Hollywood. She was reportedly the second-highest paid person in the United States, behind only the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. And it was at the peak of her stardom that she became entangled in an odd controversy centered in Milwaukee.
• • Matthew Prigge wrote: It was a sharp-eyed clerk working a dreary New Deal government job in the office of Milwaukee County Register of Deeds who broke the story. While filing away old marriage certificates, the clerk found one dated April 11, 1911. The groom was a man named Frank Wallace, age 21. The bride was a Miss Mae West, age 17. A little detective work found that bride’s parents, listed as John West and Matilda Dilker-West of Brooklyn, had the same names as the parents of the actress West. The New York papers picked up the sensational item and Mae West was deluged with inquiries about the find.
• • Matthew Prigge wrote: The famously-single Mae West insisted it was a mere coincidence.  . . .
• • Source: Article written by Matthew Prigge; published on Tuesday, 13 March 2018
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • 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 3926th 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 • marriage license in 1911

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