Monday, March 26, 2018

Mae West: Gargoyle Girls

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 36.
• • "Mae West. The Dirty Snow White" • •
• • Written by:  Zsófia Anna Tóth
• • men excluded the “feminine voice” • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: He also claims that feminist theorists have pointed out that the main theorists of humor were usually men who concentrated on men’s humor and excluded “the female voice in all its rich abundance and its potential for subversion” (Parkin 230).
• • Gargoyle Girls • •
• • Zsófia Anna Tóth wrote: In terms of comic women in films, Molly Haskell ascertains that during the 1920s and 1930s (West’s filmic period) there were two basic types of comic females: “good girls” (pretty but not so beautiful as the romantic heroine) and “gargoyles” (physically disadvantaged or even appalling figures) (62). West was the romantic heroine/good girl and also the excessive gargoyle; her humor was applauded, while she was considered attractive as a woman; she was able to exceed all categories, and conquer all.
• • all the best female humorists are troublemakers • •   . . . 
• • This was Part 36 of a lengthy article. Part 37 will follow tomorrow. 
• • Source: Americana — — E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary; Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring 2015.
• • On Monday, 26 March 1934 in Los Angeles • •
• • The soundtrack to the motion picture "Belle of the Nineties" was recorded at Hollywood Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. On Monday, 26 March 1934, Mae West did the vocals for "Hesitation Blues" backed by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Rock Hudson, age 32, and Mae West performed the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” together, in point style, at the 30th Annual Academy Awards on Wednesday, 26 March 1958.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “There were two other Mae Wests on the stage before I came along. The Mae West in the Milwaukee certificate [sic] must have been one of the other two girls.” 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Richmond Times-Dispatch mentioned Mae West.
• • “For Mae West, it was sex and work, work and sex” • •
• • Jay Strafford wrote: As a child, she imagined her name up in lights and reveled in her reflection in a mirror. As a young woman, she embodied sex and fought for sexual equality between men and women.
• • Jay Strafford wrote: As an old woman . . . well, she never changed her outlook.
• • Jay Strafford wrote: And in Charlotte Chandler's hypnotically readable "She Always Knew How," Mae West tells her own story, famous double entendres and all.
• • Source: Article in Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia); published on Sunday, 5 April 2009
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
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• • 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 3925th 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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