Monday, December 31, 2018

Mae West: Overtly Sexual

A charming article on MAE WEST appeared in Vintage News in 2017. Let’s enjoy it together.
• • Mae West did not begin her film career until she was almost 40 years old • •
• • Controversial actions in the 1920s • •
• • Brad Smithfield wrote: The first play she authored, entitled “Sex,” gained instant popularity, but it also put her in jail. She was sentenced to 10 days in prison and a fine of $500 for obscenity, an attribute that was to become intrinsic to her name. Strangely, she got out of jail two days before her prison sentence was through, as the reports said, due to good behavior.
• • Brad Smithfield wrote: Of course, spending several days in jail did very little in preventing West from writing and producing more material that subtly or overtly played on themes of sexuality. She would remark later on that her experience of prison, and meeting the people there, served as an inspiration for her in building some of her vivid characters.
• • Diamond Lil cemented her path to eternal fame • •  . . .
• • This delightful article will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Article by Brad Smithfield for The Vintage News; published on Saturday, 27 May 2017.
• • On Saturday, 31 December 1927 at Club Deauville • •
• • Mae West spent New Year's Eve on Saturday night, 31 December 1927, entertaining a crowd.
• • The nonfiction book "The Year the World Went Mad" is exclusively focused on the most vibrant events and the most fascinating individuals of 1927. Author Allen Churchill wrote: "Another New York night club listed a gala unveiling for New Year's Eve. This was Mae West's Club Deauville, at Park Avenue and Fifty-ninth Street. Here a New Year's Eve Supper was advertised for a cover charge of ten dollars. Together with this went "A Program of Distinctive and Unique Entertainment Conceived and Directed by the Distinguished Star in Person."
• • On Monday, 31 December 2018 • •
• • Wishing all of our readers a very happy, safe, and joyful New Year's Eve.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Jack La Rue, who had a leading role as the suave South American lothario Pablo Juarez in Mae West's famous stage hit, "Diamond Lil," will make his first screen appearance with the star in "Go West Young Man." Emmanuel Cohen, president of Major Pictures, is producing the new vehicle for the Paramount release.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Strong coffee is my weakness. Occasionally I drive out for a spaghetti dinner at Jack LaRue's Italian restaurant. Or slip down to Los Angeles Chinatown for chicken chop suey."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Reporter John C. Moffitt interviewed Mae West.
• • It was on Sunday, 30 December 1934 that the final installment of "The Story of Mae West" was published in a Singapore newspaper.
• • John C. Moffitt wrote: Recently, when Mae began to work on her picture "It Ain't No Sin," someone thought it would be a pretty sentiment to have George Raft, the star of her first movie, play opposite her. George thought otherwise. He had a nervous breakdown and started for Europe.
• • "It would be like starring in a story about a boil doctor," George Raft said. "All that dame would let you see of me would be the back of my neck." ...
• • Source: Article: "The High Priestess of Hokum" in syndication to The Straits Times; published on Sunday, 30 December 1934
• • 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 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 4,100 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4116th 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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