Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Mae West: Unsurpassed Volumes

As MAE WEST would say, “When I’m good, I’m very good.” And when she broke records, one reporter quipped, she could have wiped out the Depression. Travel back in time on our a-MAE-zing magic carpet. This is Part 2 of 3 segments.
• • What's Doing at the Cinema • •
• •I'm No Angel” — Breaking Records at the Embassy • •
• • Mae boasted of an extensive home library • •
• • So says Mae West. And that devastating beauty ought to know.
• • Unsurpassed Volumes • •
• • She told us that her home boasts an unsurpassed collection of volumes about these women, their memoirs, and the memoirs of those who knew them well.
• • Included in her library are virtually all the books and writings about Catherine the Great of Russia; England's Queen Elizabeth; Madame Du Barry; Helen of Troy; Cleopatra; Lucretia Borgia; Anne Boleyn;   Empress Josephine; Marie Antoinette; Madame Pompadour; the wicked Poppaea; the Queen of Sheba; Salome; Scheherazade; Catherine of Navarro; Mary, Queen of Scots; Queen Victoria; Queen Marie of Romania, and Mata Hari.
• • Mae West confesses • •  . . .
• • Part 3 (the final segment) appears tomorrow.
• • Source: Reading Times (Reading, Pennsylvania); Wednesday, 22 November 1933.
• • On Tuesday, 8 January 1935 in Los Angeles • •
• • Busy working on her next motion picture, Mae West did have to miss half a day's shooting to attend the funeral of her father Jack West in Los Angeles in early January — — on 8 January 1935.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Screen actress Mae West reads about twenty books a year “besides the dozens and dozens of manuscripts” necessary in her business, the actress told a reporter from The Madera Tribune.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “It's all right for a perfect stranger to kiss your hand as long as he's perfect.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Artist Robert Indiana mentioned he was a big fan of Mae West.
• • Karen Michel wrote: There's also a series of work quoting from American writers, another referencing the civil rights movement, and one inspired by Mae West; it's called The Sweet Mystery.  "I was great fan of Mae West," Robert Indiana says. "And she was a mystery. Everybody wondered, is she a woman, or is she a man?" He chuckles about this.  . . .
• • Source: Article: "Robert Indiana: A Career Defined by 'LOVE' No Longer" by Karen Michel for WBUR; published on Saturday, 4 January 2014
• • 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 4122nd 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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