Friday, May 11, 2018

Mae West: Thinking Success

Hollywood columnist Paul Harrison interviewed MAE WEST in 1936. This is Part 5.
• • Success, Success, Success • •
• • Paul Harrison wrote:  She named several technicians, cameramen and such whom she has brought out of obscurity into bigger jobs. Her hairdresser won a sweepstakes prize a few months ago. Among actors whom she seems to have helped reach success are Cary Grant, Paul Cavanaugh, Roger Pryor, and Philip Reed — the latter her leading man in the current "Klondike Annie."
• • Paul Harrison wrote: There were other discoveries whom she might have mentioned, for she has been thinking success since she was a child actress in a stock company, playing Little Eva in "Uncle Tom's Cabin," and Little Willie in "East Lynne."
• • Paul Harrison wrote:  Mae West said she thought success when she was in burlesque, and in vaudeville with a weight-lifting act, and introducing the shimmy, and as a vaudeville headliner. . . 
• • Paul Harrison wrote: Harry Richman was one of her pianists. So was Whispering Jack Smith. Another whose talents she recognized was Vincent Lopez.
• • This is Part 5, the last segment. We hope you enjoyed it.
• • Source: Syndicated article (page 11) by Paul Harrison rpt in The Racine Journal-Times (Racine, Wisconsin); published on Wednesday, 19 February 1936.
• • On Friday, 11 May 2018 • •
• • Mae West's "Sex" — — Written by Mae West. Directed by Sirena Irwin.
• • May 11 at 8:00 pm
• • Hudson Theatre: 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
• • On Saturday, 11 May 1935 • •
• • Movie critic Andre Sennwald offered his review of "Goin' to Town," starring Mae West, to the readers of The New York Times on page 21 on Saturday, 11 May 1935.
• • On Friday, 10 May 1935, this new motion picture opened in Mae's hometown at the New York Paramount.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, that eminent psychologist, is about to do a series titled "Mae West Tells All About Love," in which the star of stage and screen will answer letters from video viewers with problems of the heart.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "So the men rule the world and  the women rule the men — — though they don't know it."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on an annual festival in Alabama mentioned Mae West.
• • Dothan, Alabama native Johnny Mack Brown [1904 — 1974] was 23 in 1927 when he was cast in his first motion picture. Seven years later, the handsome six-foot-one actor played the role of Brooks Claybourne in "Belle of the Nineties" [1934], starring Mae West in the title role.
• • Source: Article: "Annual festival seeks to keep memory of cowboy movie hero alive" written by Peggy Ussery for Dothan Eagle; posted on Wednesday, 11 May 2011
• • 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 3957th 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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