Monday, January 13, 2020

Mae West: Fluctuating Weight

“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 18 of 27 parts.
• • “Get the Idea, Boys? Mae West’s Shoes” • •
• • Elsa’s insights on Mae West • •
• • Sabina Stent wrote: Schiaparelli’s exaggerated life story is short but fantastical in detail, with plenty of extra details and insights into Mae West. “She [West] had sent me all the most intimate details of her famous frame and for the greater accuracy a plaster statue of herself quite naked in the pose of the Venus de Milo,’ she continues.
• • insights • •
• • Sabina Stent wrote: Like Max Factor’s contouring of actors’ faces to enhance cheekbones and slim down noses, West’s clothes would often deploy a similar technique in times of fluctuating weight.
Mae wore these platform boots in "Catherine Was Great"
• • Sabina Stent wrote: Schiaparelli continues by offering some insider information of West’s Hollywood process:   She was preparing a new film and from the start everything kept changing.
• • Mae West’s fluctuating weight • • …    
• • This long essay by Sabina Stent will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Majuscule, Issue 2; posted in December 2019.
• • On Saturday, 13 January 1945 • •
• • "Catherine Was Great" featured Mae West onstage in her stunning Russian empress regalia. Mike Todd's lavish production was onstage from 2 August 1944 — 13 January 1945 on Broadway, which ran for 191 performances. The play was staged at the Shubert Theatre, then moved to the Royale.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • If a movie-goer was asked who said "Come up and see me some time," the person would pick it in one go: Mae West.
• • But Mae wasn't the first. In fact, William Ewart Gladstone made use of the expression in 1886 — — almost 50 years before Mae West daunted a buxom curve and drawled it in someone's ear.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Hollywood needs more men."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Uma Thurman mentioned Mae West.
• • In a 2014 interview, Uma Thurman was asked about “Batman and Robin” by Matthew Jacobs of HuffPost. Jacobs told Uma Thurman how much he enjoyed her take on Poison Ivy. Thurman replied: “So you must like Mae West! Because what I did was take Mae West and played with it.” Mae West was one of the most prominent comic actresses of her time, so it makes sense Thurman would take influence from her performances.  . . .
• • Source: Huff-Post; published in 2014
• • 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 4,386th 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 • • platform boots worn onstage by Mae West • •
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