Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Mae West: Cinema Trailblazer

MAE WEST is one of the trailblazers mentioned in a new book about females in film.
• • ‘Backwards and in High Heels’ Nimbly Explores the History of Women in Film • •
• • Sarah Mease wrote: However, women behind the camera weren’t the only trailblazers in the early 1900s. Notable actresses like Mae West and Anna Wong made the first dents in the cookie-cutter ideal that required beautiful, blonde stars. Unlike Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe, Mae West was able to have her cake and eat it too. She was a risky playwright who earned enormous fame. Paramount even reached out to her multiple times when they were in a financial hole. West demanded “final cut approval, the ability to choose her director and leading man (Cary Grant) and […] to write a new script.” She once said, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
• • Sarah Mease wrote: In Alicia Malone’s relatively new cinematic nonfiction book, “Backwards and in High Heels,” the reader is taken on a historical journey from the time of Edison’s invention of the kinetograph all the way to Carrie Fisher and her legacy.  . . .
• • Source: Written by Sarah Mease of Columbia College [Chicago]; posted on Wednesday, 10 October 2018.
• • On Friday, 7 November 2003 in Los Angeles • •
• • Mae's apartment house The Ravenswood was designated a landmark in the month of November — — on Friday, 7 November 2003.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Variety wrote:  “I’ve been to the movies and I felt an irresistible desire to kiss Mae West.”
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “When men sense a woman is ready for sex, they're ready right away. When men came to see me, I had to try to calm them down a little first. I had a lot of great love affairs. Sex and work have been the only two things in my life.”
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• • An article on party costumes mentioned Mae West.
• • Shomik Mukherjee wrote: Reboots are dominating the movie theaters, throwback culture has peppered recent fashion trends — nostalgia is clearly the current American flavor. So it’s a fitting time to play dress-up.
• • Shomik Mukherjee wrote: This year, “old school” is the winning Halloween formula among all ages in Humboldt County, where locals are reaching for past cultural icons like Dolly Parton, Lucille Ball, Mae West and Lana Turner for their costume of choice.
• • “There’s a lot of glamor in the old stuff this year,” said Denise Ryles of The Costume Box in Eureka. …
• • Source: Times-Standard; published on Thursday, 25 October 2018
• • 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 4079th 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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