Friday, July 27, 2018

Mae West: Seductive Siren

On Thursday, 27 July 1978, MAE WEST was in the headlines because MGM wanted no confusion between a big screen “Sextette” and a theatrical production in California called “Sextet.”
• • "Mae West is not, repeat NOT, on a local stage" • •
• • Coronado reporter Jeff Jouett wrote:  Mae West, the eternally seductive siren of the silver screen, dropped one of her blonde bombshells on Coronado Playhouse this week. Lawyers for mammoth MGM Studios in Hollywood contacted William R. Bruce, director of the 150-seat community theater, demanding Bruce change the name of the play, “Sextet,” now in its fifth week of an eight week run.
• • Jeff Jouett wrote: It seems MGM has produced a film it calls “Sextette,” which stars the venerable Miss West and the movie-makers are worried that audiences will confuse the play with the movie, despite totally different plots. "You must, repeat must, stop immediately using that name (“Sextet”) or any variation,” MGM attorney Robert Layton wrote to William R. Bruce on Friday. “Your failure to do so immediately will result in immediate legal proceedings to halt your production."  . . .
• • Source: Article by Jeff Jouett in Coronado Eagle and Journal (California); published on Thursday, 27 July 1978.
• • On Friday, 28 July 1922 • •
• • For the out-of-town try-outs of her new show "The Ginger Box Revue" in Connecticut on July 28 and July 29th, 1922, Mae West had polished her parody of O'Neill's tragic hero.
• • Backed by a dozen chorines (the Stoker Girls) and a black orchestra, Mae sang, “Eugene O’Neill, You’ve Put a Curse on Broadway” and bellowed “Yank-style” lines including, “She don me doit! Lemme up! I’ll show her who’s an ape.”
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In 1934, she appeared on the cover of Time. The magazine placed Elsa Schiaparelli in a league of houses “now at or near the peak of their power as arbiters of the ultra-modern haute couture.” She dressed famous, still-iconic women like Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, and more.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "The screen doesn't require as much acting of a certain type. The camera catches the slightest facial movements, the slightest twitch of an eye."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The L.A. Weekly mentioned Mae West.
• • “Hollywood Lived Here” • •
• • Nikki Finke wrote:  More Hollywood stars lit up the residential roster at the Los Altos Apartments at 4121 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, and today, the photos of famous residents like Bette Davis, Mae West, Douglas Fairbanks and Clara Bow still adorn the leasing office. Built in the Spanish Colonial–esque style, the Los Altos was one of the first co-op apartments, then went bankrupt during the Great Depression and fell into disrepair for decades afterward. The housing group Neighborhood Effort rescued the complex from demolition in 1993 even though it was so unlivable . . .
• • Source: Article in The L.A. Weekly; published on Thursday, 28 April 2005
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-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 4,000 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4011th 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: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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