Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Mae West: Physical Culturist

His name was James Davies and he was the trainer and masseur of MAE WEST. This is Part 2.
• • James Davies, Mae West's masseur • •
• • In another interview with Mae West, star of the silver screen, our Hollywood correspondent had a word with James Davies, Mae West's masseur. He was asked to tell how the star keeps those famous curves.
• • "When she first came to me," said James Davies, "Miss West wanted to reduce. I told her she would be making a grave mistake, because she was perfect for the camera.”
• • "Now that Miss West has revolutionised the styles from straight lines to wholesome, feminine curves, women can eat sensibly again. They need not diet to appear fashionable. I think, speaking from the standpoint of a physical culturist who has conditioned many of Hollywood's best-known actresses, that Miss West has done much good for the women of the world. She has, by her influence, done more for their good health than any other person.
• • Mae West’s measurements — — according to James Davies • •  . . .
• • To be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Article in The Australian Women's Weekly; published on Saturday, 3 March 1934.
• • On Saturday, 4 July 1970 • •
• • While the motion picture "Myra Breckinridge" was not a hit, the media exposure engendered a "Mae West revival," explained The New York Post on Saturday, 4 July 1970.  Guess they must have attended the premiere and watched as 10,000 fans swarmed the streets outside the theatre, screaming for Mae West!
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The new Paramount star Mae West is a stylish interpreter of the double entendre.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "When they did the ‘Myra’ screenplay, they didn't use enough of me or my material until the budget had been run up high."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Los Angeles Daily Mirror mentioned Mae West.
• • James Davies [1897 — 1957] • •
• • Born on 18 March 1897 in Kerney, North Wales, James Davies immigrated to Canada in June 1920. “Paramount Parade” and other studio newsletters would claim that Davies had helped condition British troops during World War I.  . . .
• • James Davies’ talented hands kept stars, directors, and executives relaxed, while his healthy eating habits from his days at a boxer enabled them to lower and then maintain weight with the December 1932 Modern Screen calling him “physical culturist to the stars.”
• • In the series of articles for Screenland magazine through 1934 and 1935, James Davies extolled various exercises to stretch and relax the body, to trim excess poundage, and provided lifestyle and dietary habits to help ensure the good health of Mae West and other stars working for Paramount Pictures.
• • Source: Items in The Los Angeles Daily Mirror and Screenland; published in 1934 — 1957
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
• •
• • 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 3,900 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3994th 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.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online:


• • Photo:
• • Mae West • in 1970

• • Feed — —
  Mae West

No comments:

Post a Comment