Friday, June 14, 2019

Mae West: Twenty Pounds

“Is MAE WEST Skidding on the Curves?” Asks Madame Sylvia, Photoplay's Beauty Editor, in the next issue. And her answer offers a wealth of practical advice to all women — young and old, fat and lean. Whether or not you're concerned over your own appearance, you'll thoroughly enjoy Madame Sylvia's keen, clear-cut comments in the November 1936 issue. This is Part 3.
• • Box Office ratings shift • •
• • Sylvia wrote: She was one of the Big Ten at the box office that year. Now, she's number . . . well, I can't tell. I haven't got my specs. What happened?
• • Sylvia wrote: My silvery voice could be heard saying, at that time. "Yes, she's a riot. But for my money, she should take off twenty pounds."
• • Sylvia wrote: People said to me. "Oh, then she wouldn't be Mae West!"
• • Sylvia wrote: "No?" said I. "Who else would she be?"
• • Sylvia wrote: "But her plumpness is becoming — she needs that buxom figure for the parts she plays."
• • Sylvia wrote: "I'm all for busty," said I, "but plumpness is an insidious thing. It sneaks up on you. It becomes just plain fat. You are fat before you know it."
• • Mae skidding on the curves • •  . . .  
• • “Is Mae West Skidding on the Curves?” will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Photoplay; published in the issue dated for November 1936.
• • On Friday, 14 June 1991 in T.L.S. • •
• • An article "The invention of Mae West" written by Graham McCann was published in The Times Literary Supplement, No. 4602, issue dated for 14 June 1991.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Author Charlotte Chandler reportedly befriended Mae West just before the star’s death in 1980. This book, the result of interviews, is filled with oddly meandering and not-always-cohesive thoughts, memories that are viewed through multiple pairs of rose-colored glasses, strange scenarios (one, in which Chandler awkwardly wears black lingerie belonging to the almost-90-year-old West), and even more tiresome bragging.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Yes, they kinda went for me."
• • Mae West said: "I got in everyone's hair asking questions. Why this and why that? I was in a strange land and I had to learn the tricks."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Photoplay Magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • Kathleen Howard wrote: I lunched with Travis Banton of Paramount and asked him what was in his mind for fall wear. He is working on "Personal Appearance" for Mae West, and on the new Claudette Colbert picture "Maid of Salem."
• • Kathleen Howard wrote: For Mae West, Travis Banton has made a zebra coat. He says the black lines form a logical and striking back design. The clothes for Claudette will doubtless be interesting as he is anxious to try the softly gathered skirt which "does things" on the screen . . .
• • Source: Photoplay;  published in the issue dated for October 1936
• • 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 4,200 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4235th 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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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Mae West: Curve Ball

“Is MAE WEST Skidding on the Curves?” Asks Madame Sylvia, Photoplay's Beauty Editor, in the next issue. And her answer offers a wealth of practical advice to all women — young and old, fat and lean. Whether or not you're concerned over your own appearance, you'll thoroughly enjoy Madame Sylvia's keen, clear-cut comments in the November 1936 issue. This is Part 2.
• • Hollywood make-up artists dolled her up • • 
• • Sylvia wrote: The professional make-up artists in Hollywood shadowed her really lovely violet eyes. They also pruned her eyebrows. They dressed the thrice-blonde hair as only those expert Hollywood hair-dressers can. They did her up in a custom-made corset and poured sequins all over her. They turned her loose in Mr. George Raft's picture, which she stole right from under his not loo classic nose. She ad-libbed her dialogue and had the customers in the aisles. She was new — she was different. She was hard- boiled — she was marvelous.
• • Sylvia wrote: Paramount Pictures executives rubbed their hands with glee. There was gold in them thar hills and valleys. They agreed to Mae West's demands — and movie star Mae is no slouch at demanding when the contract was drawn up. They got busy on "She Done Him Wrong." You and I and everybody else laughed ourselves sick over it.
• • Box Office ratings shift • • . . .
• • “Is Mae West Skidding on the Curves?” will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Photoplay; published in the issue dated for November 1936.
• • On Friday, 13 June 2008 • •
• • In August 2005, media mainstay Joe Franklin enjoyed seeing scenes from the play "Courting Mae West" — — and in June 2008 he had a chance to get acquainted with an entirely different cast when he popped in on a dress rehearsal in Times Square on Friday the 13th [13 June 2008]. Joe Franklin took photos with the actresses and you can see the pictures on some earlier posts. When he hosted his TV show "Memory Lane," Joe invited Mae West to be his guest half-a-dozen times and recounted some of her naughty quips.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Then there was Mae West, who pushed the envelope of cinematic propriety.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I like gowns that are tight enough to show I'm a woman and loose enough to show I'm a lady."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Photoplay Magazine mentioned Mae West.
• • Ida Zeitlin wrote:  Like the rest of the world I've been hearing and reading stories about Joan Crawford, in the course of the last five years, that have left me dizzy — the new Joan and the old Joan, the gay Joan and the broody Joan, Joan the friendly and Joan the unapproachable, simple as a frisking lamb on Monday, on Tuesday more inscrutable than a couple of Orientals in a Mae West film.  …
• • Source: Photoplay;  published in the issue dated for October 1936
• • 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 4,200 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4234th 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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