Monday, October 15, 2018

Mae West: Right Attitude

On Thursday, 10 October 1935, MAE WEST was in the newspaper, discussing her next career move. Put your tongue in your cheek and follow along. This is Part 2 of 2 segments.
• • “The Lovelorn Tell Their Woes to Mae West, Ask Her Help” • • 
• • What’s the right attitude, Mae? • •
• • “They're figuring maybe they aren't good enough for the boy,” says Mae West. “When they change their attitude, and start realizing he isn't so much after all, and let him know it, he'll come running.”
• • Mae West insist that all men cannot be handled in the same manner. She explains, “In my talking picture ‘Goin’ to Town’ I work with seven different men. Of course, there's only one I really want, but the others are there so I turn loose the old technique on 'em. And I use a different system with each one.”
• • Mae adds, “That's what I want to tell all the lovelorn girls who write to me. First you gotta know your man and then go after him in the right way.”
• • “Goin' to Town” presents Miss West as a modern girl with ultra-modern ideas on how to crash society and get the man she has her eye on. Paul Cavanagh heads the masculine cast, with Ivan Leberdeff, Tito Coral. Monroe Owsley, Fred Pohler. Sr., and Grant Withers running him close seconds for the star's affection.
• • Source: The Smithfield Times [Isle of Wight County, Virginia]; published on Thursday, 10 October 1935.
• • Christiana Delker [October 1838 — 15 October 1901] • •
• • Insecure about her lack of formal education perhaps, Mae West told people that she had a French tutor when she was young. If the Brooklyn bombshell could indeed speak French, then she learned it at her maternal grandmother's knee — — because Christiana [Brimier] Delker had Alsatian French heritage.
• • Christiana was born in Germany in October 1838. When Mae referred to her, she called Mrs. Delker her "rich" grandmother. What does "rich" mean to a little Brooklyn girl? Mae was only eight years old when her beloved grandmother died.
• • Brooklyn transplant Christiana Delker: we pay you tribute today, remembering that you passed from Mae's life on Tuesday, 15 October 1901 when you were 63 years old.
• • On Friday, 15 October 1948 • •
• • Mae West wrote a check on Friday, 15 October 1948, payable to Fred Dempsey Florist. In 1948, the sum of $20.60 would have purchased quite a splendid floral display. Did she have guests over?
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West is going to ask a divorce from Frank Wallace, the man whom she married in Milwaukee in 1911.  
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Marriage is a fine institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.”
• • Mae West said: “A man has one hundred dollars and you leave him with two dollars, that's subtraction.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Variety’s man on the aisle mentioned Mae West.
• • Variety wrote: “Miss West . . . did her dance known in the dumps as 'The Shimmy Shawabble,' and coming under the heading technically for the better houses of a cooch above the waist . . . Miss West has improved somewhat in looks but is still the rough hand-on-the-hip character portrayer that she first conceived as an ideal type of woman single in vaudeville."  …
• • Source: Variety;  published on Friday, 11 October 1918
• • Note on the image:  In the Broadway show "Sometime," Mae got to dance the Shimmy onstage in New York City and she also appeared on a song sheet. The song was called "Ev'rybody Shimmies Now." 
• • But do you wear a hat like that when you shake your body in the Shimmy Shawabble?  Or do you take off your hat first?  Or does the shimmying movement toss the hat to the ground?  Mae West, we need answers!
• • 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 14th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past fourteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 4,000 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4062nd 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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