Friday, August 23, 2019

Mae West: Captivated Audiences

MAE WEST posed with a typewriter and a typist in 1932.
• • As all Mae-mavens know, her personal correspondence and even her checks were always typed. No doubt, a serious of personal assistants used a manual typewriter as part of their job. Mae admitted to Dick Cavett that she did not, in fact, type.
• • Fortunately, Mae West’s 1959 Olympia SF, on loan from the collection of Steve Soboroff, is now on display in Chicago. Let’s learn more.
• • Typewriter Tuesday: Mae West • •
• • The American Writers Museum wrote this article.
• • A typewriter from 1959 • •
• • The 1926 self-written [sic] Sex, Mae West’s first Broadway starring role, earned her a $500 fine and 10 days in jail for public indecency — she was released two days early for good behavior. West claimed to have “climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong,” and it was exactly her brash self-assuredness that so captivated American audiences.
• • This typewriter dates to a much later point in West’s career, some 30 years after Sex, when she had become a full-fledged movie star and sex symbol.
• • Mae West actually didn’t appear in any films between 1943 and 1970, and retired from the stage in 1961, but had instead begun both a recording career and a collection of autobiographies.
• • Did she or didn’t she . . .? • •  …
• • To be continued on the next post.
• • Source: American Writers Museum; posted on Tuesday, 13 August 2019.
• • On Sunday, 23 August 1891 • •
• • Had she lived, darling little bundle of bliss Katie West would have grown up to be the older sister of Mae West. Instead Katie died in infancy. We commemorate her birth in Brooklyn to a young married couple Matilda and John West 121 years ago.
• • On Wednesday, 23 August 1922 • •
• • On Wednesday, 23 August 1922, the New York Clipper noted: "Mae West, who was with 'The Ginger Box,' which opened and closed rather suddenly, has returned to vaudeville, and opened at Proctor's Fifth Avenue on Monday."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The only trouble with Mae West's doormat deluxe is that it doesn't mean what it says.
• • This foot-wiper fantastic is made of finest velvet in shades of white and blue. It is installed where all may walk at the stoop of her studio bungalow and it has embroidered upon it a reminiscent phrase: "Come up and see me sometime."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “A man in the house is worth two in the street.”
• • Mae West said: "A girl in the convertible is worth five in the phonebook." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Irish Mirror mentioned Mae West.
• • Friend Brian Oxman today reveals how Michael Jackson – who would have been 60 this week – was left a broken man
• • Antonia Paget wrote: Brian Oxman says: “Neverland was his escape from the world. He told me, ‘Neverland has been destroyed, Brian. It will never be home. I will never set foot in my bedroom again. Neverland has been taken away from me’.”  . . .   “Marlon and Michael would sit at his table into the wee hours talking about Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Mae West and W.C. Fields.”  . . .
• • Source: Article in the Irish Mirror; published on Saturday, 25 August 2018
• • 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 15th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fifteen 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 fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4286th 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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