Sunday, April 22, 2018

Mae West: Strained the Limits

An article on fashion’s effect on women discussed MAE WEST.
• • “What does she think she looks like?” • •
• • Rosemary Hill wrote: This was perhaps the only period in which women who looked like Elsa Schiaparelli and Wallis Simpson, with their hefty, dynamic profiles, could have been leaders of fashion. Women were prominent in the world of haute couture between the wars. As well as Schiap, as she was known, there were Coco Chanel and Jeanne Lanvin. Schiaparelli’s sporty, dress-yourself look suited women of action.
• • Rosemary Hill wrote:  Amy Johnson, who flew solo to Australia, was one, and, in a rather different vein, Mae West in “Every Day’s a Holiday.”
• • Mae challenged the censors and the film studios • •
• • Rosemary Hill wrote: Mae West — — whose billowing curves billowed a little more at each fitting, causing the somewhat snappish couturière considerable annoyance — — was in appearance the antithesis of the deco style. But she was straining the limits of more than Schiaparelli’s seams. Mae challenged the censors and the film studios, she talked about sex in ways that women in general were not supposed to and she took control of her films and her image in a way that actresses in particular never had.  . . .
• • Source: Article (excerpt) written by Rosemary Hill for The London Review of Books; published on Thursday, 5 April 2018.
• • On Tuesday, 23 April 1935 • •
• • A review of "Goin' to Town" appeared in The Hollywood Reporter in their issue dated for 23 April 1935.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Mae West, Wilt, and the King" was written by Ira Berkow, who had interviewed Charles Miron.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Mae West always triumphs."
• • Mae West said: "I used to like to play Post Office."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Business Insider mentioned Mae West.
• • The biggest box office flop from the year you were born • •
• • Gabbi Shaw wrote:  "Sextette" is the movie version of Mae West's last play, and filmmakers had a hard time finding a distributor from the get-go. Eventually, they decided to release it themselves and show it at the Cinemadome in Hollywood.
• • Gabbi Shaw wrote:  According to "The Complete Films of Mae West," the movie only grossed around $50,000 against an estimated $8 million budget.  . . .
• • Source: List Article written by Gabbi Shaw; published on Tuesday, 27 February 2018
• • 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 3943rd 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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