• • College Students Embraced Mae West • •
• • JILL WATTS: I may have mentioned this before but last year in my film history class I showed “She Done Him Wrong” and was a little concerned that the students may find it dated this time around. Most of the class had never heard of Mae West. But they adored Mae West — they were instantly converted. They found her empowering and some of them commented on how modern she seemed to them. Several appreciated how she dealt with issues that are still current — her commentary on the double standard applied to men and women, her rejection of conventional women’s roles, her strength, and her independence.
• • JW: This generation — the millennials — are looking for role models both current and from the past as they push forward with the #MeToo movement. Additionally, I think they find Mae West's alliance with the LBGT community (although, as we've discussed, she wasn’t always consistent when it came to Lesbian women) to be ahead of its time and they are correct.
• • JW: Thank you again for the interview — — and thanks to your readers and all the Mae mavens out there for their continued interest in Mae West.
• • Recommended Reading: “Mae West: An Icon in Black and White” by Jill Watts [Oxford University Press; paperback edition, 2003]; 400 pages.
• • Photo: Prof. Jill Watts, the biographer of Mae West.
• • On Wednesday, 31 August 1938 • •
• • An article complimenting Mae West and applauding her newest motion picture "Every Day's a Holiday" was published in The Queenslander (Brisbane, Australia) on Wednesday, 31 August 1938.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Comedienne actress Mae West, who was born 125 years ago, was trying to do the same thing in the early 1930s, but in a severely sexually restrictive era.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Don’t make the same mistake twice — — unless it pays.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on Gold’s Gym and Joe Gold mentioned Mae West.
• • David Davis wrote: After enlisting in the Navy during World War II, Joe Gold opened his first gym in New Orleans. When that gym closed, he joined Mae West’s nightclub revue and performed alongside fellow strongmen Irvin “Zabo” Koszewski, Gordon Mitchell, and Mickey Hargitay, Gold eventually returned to Southern California to find that the original Muscle Beach had disappeared in part due to a scandal involving the arrests of five bodybuilders on rape charges in 1958. …
• • Source: Article in Deadspin; published on Thursday, 23 August 2018
• • 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 14th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fourteen 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 4035th 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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