Thursday, May 24, 2018

Mae West: Thrilling Serial

On Wednesday, 24 May 2018, MAE WEST was in the news. This is Part 4, the final segment.
• • Mae West and The Beatles — — She Was NOT lonely and did not want to join their lonely hearts club band. • • 
• • Written by Liz Smith and Denis Ferrara • •
• • Beatles fans are kvelling. • •
• • Anyway, I read this Mae tale in Entertainment Weekly — Eric Renner Brown’s report on the big 50th anniversary reissue of the “Sgt. Pepper” album, which includes two discs of outtakes.
• • Beatles fans are kvelling. (Some astute — and opinionated — music critics have recently dared to “slap the queen” and that declare for all its perceived innovations at the time, “Pepper” hasn’t aged particularly well and might even be their “worst” album. Which means … it’s still a work of art.)
• • The big reissue happens on Friday.
• • P.S. John Lennon suggested three other people for the cover — Jesus, Gandhi, and Hitler. All were rejected.
• • Hitler I can understand. And The Beatles were perhaps still wary of John’s “We’re more popular than Jesus” remark. But Gandhi? He was so Sixties!
• • This is Part 4 of four segments. This was the conclusion of this article.
• • Source: Article written by Liz Smith and Denis Ferrara; published on Wednesday, 24 May 2017.
• • On Saturday, 24 May 2003 • •
• • Sun Sentinel staffer Ivette M. Yee wrote: "Red Grooms delved in 3-D, and his celebrities often appear like caricatures in a pop-up book.  In Mae West Visits New England, the voluptuous bombshell's breasts protrude from a slinky dress, drawing more attention then her sparkling diamond necklace.  ..."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West makes you greedy.
• • "Thrilling Serial Story" • •
• • When you see "She Done Him Wrong" you want more and more of Mae. She is like the most thrilling serial story in the world. 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “They wanted me to help support a man that is on the screen. But I didn't like the dialogue they handed me. And I told them so.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The French author Colette mentioned Mae West.
• • Colette wrote: I hope that we are not too quick to dismiss the astonishing actress who has only to appear in order to convince us, to gain our vote by means as sure as they are unexpected – I mean Mae West. “And do you know, she’s like that in real life!” If that is so, we could rely almost solely on her private life, her authorial independence, her impetuosity – like a wholehearted cavalry charge – even her greediness, to keep her for us just as we see her in “She Done Him Wrong.” …
• • Source:  Colette, Le Cinéaucteurs, “Le Journal”, 7 January 1934, transl. in Colette at the Movies: Criticism and Screenplay, edited by Alain and Odette Virmaux, Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., NY; published in 1980
• • 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 3966th 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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