Thursday, May 03, 2018

Mae West: Scribbling Notes

The Palm Beach Post-Times wrote an interesting piece about MAE WEST. This is Part 2 of two sections.
• • “Mae West: Juice and Water, Please” • •  
• • "You know how it all started, don't you?" • • 
• • Mae West pointed to my pencil and note paper. "You listen and then you take your notes."  She said she has an aversion to tape recorders or interviewers who scribble notes incessantly.
• • Sitting down to answer my question, Mae said, "You know how it all started, don't you?" She continued, "It was in the days when Paramount was in bankruptcy. No one was coming to the movies because it was The Great Depression. Then I came to the studio and became the life-saver of the industry — — that's what my producer, William Baron, said.”
• • She continued, "Then I got this letter from the RAF who asked me did I mind if they named this garment, the RAF live-saving jacket, for me. It was a wonderful letter. When I went to Europe, I was invited to Dunlop where they made the Mae West Jackets. They wanted to know what I thought of them. I said, 'Oh, I can see where there's a slight resemblance to me'."
• • Mae West retains her full hour-glass figure today, but she is unexpectedly slender "When I stand onstage, I look six feet tall.” 
• • Source:  The Palm Beach Post-Times; published on Sunday, 21 September 1969.  
• • On Tuesday, 3 May 1938 • •
• • On Tuesday, 3 May 1938, the Hollywood Reporter carried coverage about the Mae West movie "Klondike Annie."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West would come to revolutionize the idea of American sexuality, challenging and lampooning ideas of femininity.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: ''When I'm good, I'm very good; when I'm bad, I'm better.''
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A Texas newspaper discussed Mae West.
• • Sunday Prices are 10c and 35c at Howard Theatre.
• • Today — Tomorrow — AMERICA'S STARTLING NEW PERSONALITY MAE WEST — in — “I’m No Angel” In tights, tiaras and tantalizing gowns! She sings new songs — with Cary Grant — enjoy the feature today at 2:49, 5:05. 7:21 and 9.
• • Mae West came back to town last night in a new Paramount picture, “I’m No Angel,” at the Howard Theatre for today and tomorrow. That is real news for picture fans. Miss West soared to the greatest heights of popularity any screen actress ever has attained, revolutionized feminine styles as the result of her last film, “She Done Him Wrong.”
• • The imagination fails in an attempt to figure what her latest picture will accomplish. For it is superior to her first starring film in every respect— story, star performance, excellence of production, wisecracks and songs. Miss West gives a splendid performance — she portrays a colorful character — — Tira, a hardboiled, carnival-dancer who becomes a New York sensation.  …
• • Source: Film Review in The Taylor Daily Press [Taylor, Texas]; published on Sunday, 17 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 3951st 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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