Friday, January 11, 2019

Mae West: Sex Is Natural

A charming article on MAE WEST appeared in The Saturday Evening Post. Let’s enjoy another sampling of it together.
• • The author Lewis H. Lapham was born in the month of January, on 8 January 1935.
• • “Let Me Tell You About Mae West” • •
• • Mae West had aged by the year 1964, but the inner Mae hadn’t changed at all. • •
• • Lewis H. Lapham wrote:  “With me, sex has always been a natural thing, part of my personality, you know what I mean?” Mae West added, “I was the first person to bring sex out into the open. Before I came along, nobody could even print the word on billboards.”  
• • Lewis H. Lapham wrote:  She explained that although she had carried on with a number of gentlemen over the years, she had never been promiscuous or cheap; neither had she suffered twinges of guilt or regret.
• • “The score never interested me,” Mae continued, “only the game.” . . .
• • Source: Saturday Evening Post; published on Saturday, 14 November 1964.
• • On Monday, 29 January 1917 in Brooklyn • •
• • Mae West was a witness at her younger sister's wedding, which took place on a weekday, Monday, 29 January 1917 in Brooklyn City Hall, not far from the West family's Brooklyn residence.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West was quoted in a South Yorkshire paper [The Sheffield Independent] as saying that she neither smokes nor drinks. And the only man who “comes up sometimes” is a minister.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  “I’ve always said that a hard man is good to find.” 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The AFI Catalog of Feature Films mentioned Mae West.
• • The play went through "formula" • •
• • According to a letter dated on Saturday, 11 January 1930, Colonel Jason S. Joy, Director of the Studio Relations Office of the AMPP, discouraged Universal against hiring Mae West. The play went through "formula," i.e., was scrutinized according to the Production Code, on 22 April 1930, when Paramount was considering adapting it for the screen. On 19 October 1932, Will H. Hays, head of MPPDA, wrote to Paramount President Adolph Zukor, stating that Diamond Lady and Diamonds, the suggested film titles, had both been rejected because "changing the title [of the Mae West play] is not enough." ..
• • Source: Excerpt: AFI Catalog of Feature Films — The First 100 Years, 1893–1993; undated
• • 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 4125th 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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