Thursday, January 03, 2019

Mae West: Tinseltown Triumph

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 • •
• • After the Wall Street crash, Tinseltown took a tumble • •
• • Brad Smithfield wrote: The film had grossed more than $2 million, allegedly helping the company out of bankruptcy during a time when all the country was crumbling in the aftermath of the stock market crash. Mae West simply managed to entertain Americans and make them laugh at the peak of the Great Depression.
• • Tinseltown Triumph • •
• • Brad Smithfield wrote: As a gesture of gratitude, supposedly Paramount even named a building at their lot after Mae West. By 1935, and aged 42, West became the Hollywood star with the highest salary, and she was also second in line after the newspaper magnate William Hearst as the person with the highest salary across the whole of America.
• • Mae West’s star status was cemented • • . . .
• • This delightful article will be concluded on the next post, which will be on Friday.
• • Source: Article by Brad Smithfield for The Vintage News; published on Saturday, 27 May 2017.
• • On Monday, 3 January 1870 in Brooklyn • •
Trying to sell the Brooklyn Bridge
• • In one motion picture, Mae West played a shady lady who was trying to sell the Brooklyn Bridge to a foreigner. It was during the month of January — — exactly 140 years ago — — that the complex construction began [on 3 January 1870]. Completed over a dozen years later, the iconic Brooklyn Bridge was opened for use on 24 May 1883.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The recent dispute between Mae West, Raoul Walsh (director), and Paramount executives over the quality of the photography of her new picture, "Klondike Annie," which caused a four-day production halt while a new cameraman was found has been given much prominence in America and inspired 'Variety'' to a consideration of stars and their favorite cameraman.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “When you got the personality, you don’t need the nudity.”
• • Mae West said: "A girl in the convertible is worth five in the phonebook.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Hollywood Reporter mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West in Paramount's "She Done Him Wrong" — Now Shooting.
• • Source: The Hollywood Reporter, "Today's Film News"; published on Tuesday, 3 January 1933
• • 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 4119th 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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• • Mae West • onscreen in 1937

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