Friday, April 27, 2018

Mae West: Fresh Viewpoint

On Tuesday, 26 April 2016, a long fascinating article appeared about MAE WEST.
• • “Mae West:  A Visionary in Satin and Lace” was written by movie buff Linda Sandahl. In case you missed this delightful analysis, it will be excerpted here. This is Part 4.
• • The roots of this tolerance and respect • •
• • Linda Sandahl wrote: The roots of this tolerance and respect might have stemmed from her own position in society as a “bad woman” (as my grandmother termed it), which must have caused her some discomfort some time. But to Mae, what mattered wasn’t conformity to some stodgy social convention, but being a stand-up gal (or guy).
• • Linda Sandahl wrote: It’s hard for us to remember now that this was actually a fresh viewpoint in 1932; but even during the depths of the Depression and the upheaval it caused, the social order appeared unscathed in many movies (for example, Dinner at Eight, Jewel Robbery, or A Bill of Divorcement, to name a few).
• • Linda Sandahl wrote: But in Mae’s world, what makes you important isn’t money — — it’s character.
• • Mae’s relations with the black people • •  . . .
• • This was Part 4 of a longer piece. Part 5 will appear on Monday.
• • Source:; posted on Tuesday, 26 April 2016.
• • On Saturday, 27 April 1935 • •
• • Columnist Louella Parsons mused in the weekend edition of the Los Angeles Examiner on Saturday, 27 April 1935, that maybe this long-lost husband story was a publicity gimmick dreamed up by Paramount Pictures as they released "Goin' to Town" starring Mae West.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In the new exploit, Miss Mae West will register in dual capacity of author-producer of "Five-A-Day," saga of the coffee and cake circuit masquerading as valid theatres.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "As to the hippies, we've always had 'em. We used to call them hoboes.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The United Press mentioned Mae West.
• • "Frank Wallace Tells of Mae West Marriage" • •
• • New York, April 24 [United Press] — Frank Wallace, a bald, middle-aged “hoofer,” admitted today that he was the original husband of Mae West. He married her in Milwaukee back in 1911.
• • “Mae wasn’t a blonde in those days,” he said. “The Mae I married in Milwaukee was a classy brunette, and as for those curves, she was more on the lean style.”
• • Source: Page 1 Item by United Press (syndicated); published on Wednesday, 24 April 1935 
• • 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 3947th 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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