Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Mae West: Trusty Percheron

MAE WEST, so often photographed under the guidance of Paramount’s publicity department, banned cameras during “secret training.” Let’s learn more from a United Press insider. This is Part 2 of 2 parts.
• • Mae West Goes into Training • • 
• • Her secluded San Fernando Valley ranch • •
• • United Press writer Henry Sutherland wrote: When not working, and while reading, writing or just resting. La West spends most of her time in her silken-sheeted bed. a practice which develops more curves than even West can use in her business.
• • Henry Sutherland wrote: After a month or two of idleness, she has just a few less than the C. B. & Q. Railroad, and has to dispense with some of the bolder lines before going into a new opera.
• • Henry Sutherland wrote: Interest in pictures of the Mae West reduction works would vary according to costume. Mae West on a bicycle would be something, but Mae West on a bicycle wearing shorts would be sensational.
• • when galloping her trusty percheron • •
• • Henry Sutherland wrote: However, there's not much hope for that, since this column is informed that she goes discreetly attired in slacks. Miss West also rides side-saddle when galloping her trusty percheron (i.e., a draft horse).
• • Source: The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA); published on Saturday, 3 April 1937
• • On Sunday, 23 January 1927 • •
• • The New York Herald Tribune sent a journalist to cover "Sex" and this newspaper printed perhaps the longest diatribe against Mae West's play in their weekend edition on Sunday, 23 January 1927.
• • Since when is it fair to mock an actress because she's carrying a few extra pounds, eh? A stunning example of what misogynists scratch out when lost for words or unable to make valid points about a woman's play they fail to understand. Pitiful excuse for a review.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Thieves have beset Mae West and she has gone about escorted by grim and burly bodyguards who looked as if they were hand-picked by the casting department for the part. Acid throwers have made dire threats.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "That picture was a mistake from the word 'Shoot!'''
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The United Press mentioned Mae West.
• • “Hollywood Round-Up” • •
• • United Press writer Henry Sutherland wrote: First “Eligible Bachelor" to be entertained by Mae West in a publicity tie-up for her new picture, “Go West, Young Man,” is Guy Baker, Cleveland adman, 45 years old. That makes him either two years older or two younger than La West. Best calculations place her age at 43 although some self-constituted “authorities” say she is 47. . . .
• • Source: United Press syndicated column; published on Friday, 23 October 1936
• • 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 4133rd 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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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Mae West: Secret Training

MAE WEST, so often photographed under the guidance of Paramount’s publicity department, banned cameras during “secret training.” Let’s learn more from a United Press insider. This is Part 1 of 2 parts.
• • Mae West Goes into Training • • 
• • United Press writer Henry Sutherland wrote: Hollywood, April 3 — — Buxom Mae West has gone into "secret training" for her next picture, which gives the candid camera snipers something to shoot at. The West regimen includes walks, riding both hoss and bicycle and sunbaths, but so far as this column knows no camera has ever caught her at it, nor picture gone forth to gladden the public eye.
• • Henry Sutherland wrote: Fact is the gal who rediscovered the gay nineties is rather sensitive about the whole thing, and does her daily dozen on a secluded San Fernando Valley ranch, operated by her brother, Jack West.
• • Her secluded San Fernando Valley ranch • • . . .
• • Join us tomorrow for the conclusion of this piece.
• • Source: The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA); published on Saturday, 3 April 1937.
• • On Monday, 22 January 1934 in Times Square • •
• • There was a festive feeling in the air Monday evening, on 22 January 1934, when Mae West and Eddie Cantor and many other stars entertained at the New Amsterdam Theatre — — at the 52nd annual benefit for the Actors' Fund.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Dolly Parton said: "I will never retire unless I had to. Even if I can't wear the high heels, if I'm not able to wear 'em, I'm going to do like Mae West and sit in a wheelchair with my high heels on and have somebody wheel me around."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "My hobby is beds. I own a famous bed that belonged to Diamond Jim Brady. And several others. Some day I'm going to round up a real collection."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Refinery29 mentioned Mae West.
• • Two Senior Editors at Penguin Discuss: "What Would Boudicca Do?"
• • Frankie Mathieson wrote: E. Foley and B. Coates – Liz and Beth – are the writers.  . . .
• • Liz explained: Boudicca in the book is on sticking up for yourself.  And then we have Mae West on body positivity, Emily Dickinson on FOMO... that was the thing that unlocked it for us and made it a bit different.
• • Frankie Mathieson wrote: The book contains lots of pearls of wisdom, what’s your favourite quote?
• • Beth recalled: There’s a brilliant quote from Mae West: "A curve is the loveliest distance between two points." I love that. Dorothy Parker has some great ones too: "It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard." She would have been great on Twitter!  . . .
• • Source: Refinery29; posted on Saturday, 8 December 2018
• • 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 4132nd 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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