Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Mae West: Growing Vaguer

Hollywood columnist Paul Harrison interviewed MAE WEST in 1936. This is Part 3.
• • Her Own Author • • 
• • Paul Harrison wrote: Miss West says she doesn't smoke, hates the taste of liquor, and has no patience for night spots or other convivial gathering places where people get even slightly tight. She cares nothing for formal games of any sort, though she does enjoy boxing matches. No outdoor activities; no hobbies. She reads trade magazines and a few newspapers; has no taste for fiction, because she says she can write her own.
• • Still a Mystery • •
• • Paul Harrison wrote: Miss West seems to be growing vaguer all the time about her own background.  There never has been a definite solution to the mystery of her recorded, but denied, marriage to a Frank Wallace in 1911. For the last 10 years there have been rumors that she is married to James Timony, a stout Broadway lawyer with whom she has been associated in some theatrical ventures.
• • Of such things, she says, "Mm-m-m-m." • • . . .
• • This is Part 3. Part 4 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 Sunday, 9 May 1937 • •
• • Usually supportive of Mae, Sidney Skolsky vented his frustrations in The L.A. Times on Sunday, 9 May 1937. Sidney Skolsky wrote about the perfidiousness of Mae's denials when "she insisted that she was leveling with the press when she told them she had never been married to Frank Wallace."  He said he did not trust her any longer. Ah, those pesky retractions.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West starred in "Come On Up" and  Harry "the Hipster" Gibson was in the cast in October 1946 when the comedy was staged in Philadelphia.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'll keep talking myself out of marriage as long as I'm in the pictures."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • “One Side Child! Let Grandma Instruct You How to Be a Star on Broadway!”
• • Members of the older theatrical in Hollywood, are Mae West Ann Pennington (right).
• • By PAUL HARRISON (NEA Service Correspondent) NEW YORK, Dec. 26.
• • And Mae West, who has become the voluptuous symbol of the new deal in sex appeal, also was appearing in a Ziegfeld show in 1910 a musical comedy called "Papa's Wife."  . . .
• • Source: Syndicated column by Paul Harrison; circulated on Wednesday, 27 December 1933
• • 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 3955th 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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