Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Mae West: Poll Star

MAE WEST Enters the Presidential Race!
• • Will you cast your vote for Mae West? • •
• • In 1959, a few months before Mae West's autobiography would be published, The Las Vegas Sun ran a spoof headline about the presidential race between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. Which new candidate would be campaigning to run the White House? Mae West was about to launch her "third party" bid from the Sahara Hotel, said the Sun, all in fun.
• • How many think that actress Mae West probably would have done a better job on Pennsylvania Avenue than actor Ronald Reagan did?
• • Maybe you can't vote for an actress today on November 6th, however, you CAN enjoy several biographies and other books about Mae West. Many are available at a nice price at your favorite online bookseller.
• • On Monday, 6 November 1933 • •
• • The awe-struck tone is obvious in the article "At the Capitol — First Appearance of Mae West."  Although the reporter from Canberra, Australia puzzled over the movie's title and suggested other titles more suitable than "She Done Him Wrong" (such as "Bowery Love"), there was praise for the leading lady.
• • Impressed by her following Down Under, he wrote: "But another intriguing question was how great an actress is Mae West.”
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • So called “sin ships” were party boats anchored off the California coast, former tankers and military vehicles rebuilt for drinking, gambling, and Hollywood-style partying like The Monte Carlo. As a sin ship, it hosted such illustrious visitors as Mae West and Clark Gable until it sunk on New Year’s Eve in 1936.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “I don't know a lot about politics, but I can recognize a good party man when I see one.”
• • Mae West said:  “I had a talk with the trainer. He said that the lions he would use in the scene were well-trained and fairly tame. There was always some element of danger, he said, but he thought that I would be safe in the cage long enough to make the scene.” 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Steve Wulf mentioned Mae West.
• • Entries in “1927: The [Fictional] Diary of Myles Thomas”
• • The Weekend (April 18, 1927) • •
• • Steve Wulf wrote: Mae West is an intimidating dame. She just got finished doing a short stint in prison because of a play she wrote and acted in.
• • Steve Wulf wrote: The play was called “Sex” — that’s the whole title, and most of the plot. It’s about a prostitute played by Mae (of course), who falls in love with a young well-to-do from Southampton. The details are hard to follow — since Mae’s not exactly George Bernard Shaw — but eventually it turns out that in Mae’s world being a whore, while nobody’s first choice, isn’t the worst thing a gal can do with her life. …
• • Source: Written by Steve Wulf, Project 1927 for Medium; published on Thursday, 4 May 2017
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • • 
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — — 
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • 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 4078th 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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1 comment:

  1. Fun post today. Mae West would have made a fine President indeed! Way ahead of her time in positive outlook for all people, the times today could take a lot from this remarkable woman.