Monday, May 07, 2018

Mae West: Famous Courtesans

Hollywood columnist Paul Harrison interviewed MAE WEST in 1936. This is Part 1.
• • "Curious Mae" • •
• • Hollywood columnist Paul Harrison wrote: For a woman who is so outspoken on certain subjects, and who has launched a thousand epigrams, Mae West is cautiously secretive. In an interview, one comes to the conclusion that she either is interested in nothing but making movies and money, or that she is putting on an act. Probably both are true.
• • Paul Harrison wrote:  She is the only person I ever saw who could decline to answer a question without loss of poise or some defensive bristling. She is supposed to be a delver into a large library of books about famous women of history, many of whom, of course, were courtesans. Ask if this is true and you may get a throaty "Mm-m-mm," with a faint affirmative inflection.
• • "Mm-m-m-m" means nothing at all • •  …
• • This is Part 1. Part 2 will be posted tomorrow.
• • Source: Syndicated article (page 11) by Paul Harrison rpt in The Racine Journal-Times (Racine, Wisconsin); published on Wednesday, 19 February 1936.
• • On Friday, 7 May 1943 • •
• • Matrimony and mayhaps!  Mae West moved on from her marital missteps with vaudevillian Frank Wallace in 1911. However, the final divorce decree took much longer. The marriage was legally dissolved on Friday, 7 May 1943.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • For the 1972 audio album "Great Balls of Fire," Mae West performed the rock and roll classic "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," which has been recorded by many vocalists including Jerry Lee Lewis.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I gave up a lot. I love kids but I never had any. Never let myself eat too much. That might have been fun, once in awhile. Still I can't regret anything really."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Film Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • "Film Daily's Production Hall of Fame" • •
• • Best Money Makers of 1933 — Motion Picture Herald Stars:  Mae West, Marie Dressler, Will Rogers, Janet Gaynor, Eddie Cantor, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Norma Shearer, and Joan Crawford.
• • Source: Item in Film Daily's Guide to Motion Picture Production; published in 1934 
• • 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 3953rd 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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