Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Mae West: Sexual Swagger

“In real life, I’m very boring, so I made up the walk and the talk,” said MAE WEST.
• • British freelancer Dr. Sabina Stent, whose area of study included “Women artists, Surrealism, and unconventional females,” penned a fascinating essay on Mae’s customized double-decker footwear. This is Part 1 of 27 parts.
• • “Get the Idea, Boys? Mae West’s Shoes” • •
• • Sabina Stent wrote: There is no mistaking the walk. It’s a saunter, a prowl, a determined stride across the screen that commands the viewer’s attention. It is the walk of a self-assured woman who knows what she wants and won’t let anything, or anyone, stand in her way. It is a march of pure attitude, sexual voracity, and swagger.
• • Sabina Stent wrote: It is a walk that could only belong to Mae West.
• • Sabina Stent wrote: With her pre-Hays Code wicked wit, devilish smile, and a naughty glint in her eye, West was the vaudeville star and Hollywood icon synonymous with scandal and sex. Glamorous, yes, but West was also a fiercely intelligent, dedicated comedian, best-selling author, and potent alpha female who understood the power of image and the allure of attraction.
• • The image of a movie queen • •  . . .
• • This long essay by Sabina Stent will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Majuscule, Issue 2; posted in December 2019.
• • On Saturday, 18 December 1937 • •
• • "Every Day's a Holiday," a Gay Nineties motion picture comedy film starring and co-written by Mae West, was released in the USA in December — — on Saturday, 18 December 1937.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, screen actress, has two favored horses competing in the Sunday races. The famous film star’s speedsters, Art Dillon and Lucky Watts will have W. E. Bakeoff driving them for a winning place at the Palm Springs Field Club. 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Groucho, I have to tell you you're the greatest of all the funny men ... whenever you're in L.A. come up and see me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Perth’s Daily News mentioned Mae West.
• • "Beards Do Not Repel Mae West" • •
• • New York, Friday (AAP): Actress Mae West and Broadway star Carol Channing made pertinent comments on bearded New Yorkers who missed shaving today to conserve water.
• • Mae West said: "Beards can do one of two things for men. One type becomes very distinguished-looking and the other achieves a primitive, sexy look. What's bad about that?"
• • The blonde bombshell continued: "Some women say they couldn't bear to kiss a man with whiskers. All I've got to say is, whiskers or not, he's a man, isn't he?"  . . .
• • Source: The Daily News (Perth); published on Saturday, 17 December 1949
• • 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 4,300 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,369th 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 • • Mae's platform heels circa 1940s • •
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