Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Mae West: Surrealist Suite

“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 20 of 27 parts.
• • “Get the Idea, Boys? Mae West’s Shoes” • •
• • Hello, Dali! • •
• • Sabina Stent wrote: Imagine instructing Mae West to remain still on screen?
• • Sabina Stent wrote: In the early 1930s, Salvador Dalí painted Mae West’s Face Which Can Be Used as a Surrealist Apartment. The painting isolated and individualized West’s features to form the layout to “a Surrealist suite.”
Salvador Dalí painted Mae West’s face
• • Sabina Stent wrote: Two individual pictures were eyes, her nose was the central fireplace, and her full lips were a plump sofa. Simon Louvish, West’s biographer, describes the painting as “a stage” that “is ready for the play, the divan for romance.
• • Sabina Stent wrote: You can have it all, Mae suggests, but perhaps only in illusion.”
• • How Mae West became a work of art • • . . .  
• • This long essay by Sabina Stent will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Majuscule, Issue 2; posted in December 2019.
• • On Saturday, 15 January 1938 • •
• • "FCC Formally Assails Mae West's Skit" • •
• • WASHINGTON, January 14. [U.P.] Mae West's recent Adam and Eve radio skit on "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" drew a formal condemnation today from the federal communications commission in Washington, D.C.
• • The commission said the feature by Miss West and Don Ameche, and the dialogue between the actress and Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen's dummy, were far below even the minimum standards which should control in the selection and production of broadcast programs.  ..
• • United Press coverage rpt in The Daily Illini; published on Saturday, 15 January 1938.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Jack Oakie, undoubtedly, is the best of Mae West imitators. He hits the spot with me.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "They kept begging me and telling me they had a contract with me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on Tom Selleck mentioned Mae West.
• • Katrina C. Rose wrote: 50 years ago, an awful movie about a trans woman was Tom Selleck’s first role on the big screen.
• • Katrina C. Rose wrote: One of the stars said the flick "was made by people locked in their dressing rooms waiting for their lawyers to arrive.”
• • Katrina C. Rose wrote: Raquel Welch said: “The director was not making the same movie as the producer was making and I certainly was not making the same movie that Mae West had in mind.” …
• • Source: lgbtq Nation; published on Tuesday, 17 December 2019
• • 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 4,388th 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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