Monday, January 06, 2020

Mae West: Teasing Seductress

“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 13 of 27 parts.
• • “Get the Idea, Boys? Mae West’s Shoes” • •
• • Mae West learned how to play the vamp and “teasing seductress” • •
• • Sabina Stent wrote: Emily Wortis Leider acknowledges that West overcame her lack of privilege and learned how to play the vamp and “teasing seductress.” She learned very early to become one.
• • Sabina Stent wrote: We only ever see Mae West’s toe, but we see the shoes of other classic Hollywood icons.
• • Sabina Stent wrote: Heels have become inadvertently become entwined with Marilyn Monroe’s various characters, as she utilizes them in the context of the movies. In Some Like It Hot, she makes her iconic entrance on a station platform, strutting and wiggling as she hurries to catch the train. As the movement reverberates through her famous hourglass shape, Jack Lemmon excitedly proclaims, “she moves like Jell-O on springs.”
• • Marilyn Monroe’s heels • • … 
• • This long essay by Sabina Stent will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Majuscule, Issue 2; posted in December 2019.
• • On Thursday, 6 January 2011 at the U. of Chicago • •
• • The University of Chicago held a Mae West film fest beginning on Thursday, 6 January 2011 at 7:00pm. The first screening featured "Night After Night" [directed by Archie Mayo, 1932, 73 minutes].
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • An interview with Mae West was featured in Playboy, Vol. 18, No. 1 — January 1971. Naturally, the Hollywood legend was invited to tell all about the men on her mattress. She did volunteer that the fellows who drink make the worst lovers.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "To catch a husband is an art — — to hold him is a job."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The West Australian mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West halted production on "Klondike Annie" because her very own Karl Struss was busy with a Bing Crosby vehicle "Anything Goes" (co-starring Ida Lupino, Charles Ruggles, and Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney). …
• • Source: The West Australian; published on Friday, 3 January 1936
• • 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 4,382nd 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 • • rare photo showing part of Mae West's shoe, 1932 • •
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