Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mae West: Visionary Vamp

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 1.
• • Linda Sandahl wrote: Watch 9 feature films in a new DVD collection “Mae West: The Essential Collection” and you might notice something unusual. Look past the glamor, the humor, the sexiness, the gowns, the diamonds, the stories of personal triumph, and you will also find something that is conspicuous by its absence in some classic films — — people of all genders and ethnicities being treated with respect.
• • Linda Sandahl wrote:  Mae's philosophy, as it is found in her screenplays, was that it mattered what you did, not what color you were, what language you spoke, what your job was, or how rich or poor you were. Her heroic persona — — and she is always the hero of her films, never a damsel in distress waiting for someone else to rescue her — — is based on being fair and honest with everyone, male or female, native-born or immigrant, white or non-white.
• • Never a damsel in distress • •  . . .
• • This was Part 1 of a longer piece. Part 2 will appear tomorrow.
• • Source: http://www.lindajsandahl.net; posted on Tuesday, 26 April 2016.
• • On Thursday, 24 April 2008 • •
• • Goldmine Magazine featured Mae West on Thursday, 24 April 2008.
• • Goldmine Magazine said: Mae West did it all, even 45s.  Mae West was sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll before there was sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.  After Mae West, the rest of us just tried to keep up.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "So sweet and so vicious," was Mae's character rating for Owney "The Killer" Madden, who died during the month of April.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Here's a guy says he's going to name a gold mine after me. Tell him it would be a big mistake.  I'm a digger, not a producer."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about "Belle of the Nineties"  mentioned Mae West.
• • The Hollywood Reporter wrote:  Roger Pryor was borrowed from Universal by Paramount Saturday for the role in the Mae West picture, "It Ain't No Sin," which George Raft refused to play. The deal was set by the William Morris office and Miss West has consented to the substitution. The shooting schedule will be arranged by Director Leo McCarey so that the picture work will not interfere with Pryor's performances in "Men in White" at El Capitan Theatre. The change has also caused the substitution of Johnny Mack Brown for . . .
• • Source: Article: "Pryor Replaces George Raft with Mae West" written for The Hollywood Reporter; published during April 1934 
• • 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 3944th 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 • in 1928

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