• • Mae West did not begin her film career until she was almost 40 years old • •
• • Diamond Lil cemented her path to eternal fame • •
• • Brad Smithfield wrote: If there is one character, though, who cemented her path to success and eternal fame, that would be Diamond Lil. At first, this was a character that she played in a production staged on Broadway.
• • 300 Times • •
• • Brad Smithfield wrote: It was such a huge success that the show was performed more than 300 times solely on Broadway, with Mae West appearing in lavish clothing from the late 19th century, wearing diamonds and making sure her hair was all golden and wavy.
• • Brad Smithfield wrote: The success of the “Diamond Lil” play lasted for a while along The Great White Way, until fortunes changed for the worst as the Great Depression overwhelmed the United States in the early 1930s. Mae West had to seek better luck elsewhere, away from New York City, so she moved to Los Angeles, California in 1932.
• • uncommon for women her age • • . . .
• • 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 Sunday, 1 January 1967 • •
• • Newspaper readers in D.C. got a brief respite from hearing about the antics of President Lyndon B. Johnson on Sunday morning, 1 January 1967 when the Washington Post printed an article by Kevin Thomas: "Mae West, Like Rock 'n' Roll Music, Is Still Deeply Rooted in Ragtime."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • In “My Little Chickadee,” W.C. Fields is assisted in his hilarious duties by Mae West, who retains her old slinky ways, frank humor, free Invitations, wisecracks, and peculiar style that attracted the public in her first picture.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Considering what my play ‘Sex’ got me, a few days in the pen ‘n’ a $500 fine ain’t too bad a deal.”
• • Mae West said: “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about "My Little Chickadee" discussed Mae West.
• • Roger Hurlburt writes: Ah, yes, My Little Chickadee, take a gander at the 1940 western spoof with W.C. Fields and Mae West (midnight, WFLX — Ch. 29). The duo also wrote the screenplay, though one feels the film could have been even funnier. Saloon scenes are the best; so are the performances of hatchet-faced Margaret Hamilton and milquetoast emeritus Donald Meek as a corrupt "preacher."
• • Source: Entertainment Feature: "Come Up and See This Film" written by Roger Hurlburt, Staff Writer, for the Sun Sentinel [Florida]; published on Thursday, 1 January 1987
• • 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 4,100 blog posts. Wow!• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4117th 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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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • in "Diamond Lil" 1928 • •
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