Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Mae West: Object Lessons

“Is MAE WEST Skidding on the Curves?” Asks Madame Sylvia, Photoplay's Beauty Editor, in the next issue. And her answer offers a wealth of practical advice to all women — young and old, fat and lean. Whether or not you're concerned over your own appearance, you'll thoroughly enjoy Madame Sylvia's keen, clear-cut comments in the November 1936 issue. This is Part 6.
• • Object Lessons Drawn from Miss West • • 
• • Sylvia wrote: There are two object lessons I'd like to draw from Miss West, and then I'll give some good, workable advice to you who need it.
• • Sylvia wrote: First: It was commonly accepted that the men "went for her" in what is technically known as a big way. But I wondered, too. Did they? I've always doubted it. They laughed at her wisecracks . . . she amused them . . . But . . .
• • Sylvia wrote: Mae West was never a menace to the American home. Jean Harlow, Crawford, Colbert, Lombard, Dietrich — — all these so-called glamor girls . . . yes! These girls caused the boy friend to look at the girl friend and think, "Well, I can't have Jean Harlow, so it might as well be you." These girls caused papa to look at mama with a disapproving glint in the eye. But not Miss West.
• • Women didn't resent Mae — — at first • •  . . .
• • “Is Mae West Skidding on the Curves?” will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Photoplay; published in the issue dated for November 1936.
• • On Monday, 19 June 1933 • •
• • A line eliminated from the script of "I'm No Angel" (dated for Monday, 19 June 1933) is a statement by Tira, during her sideshow performance: "That's all, boys. Now you can go home and beat your wives." Sheesh.  Did a comedienne ever think that wife-beating was funny?
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • "Our Gang" will always have a stronger appeal than our gangsters. Even the curves of Mae West and the histrionics of Greta Garbo had to give way before the unadorned dimples and spontaneous laughter of Shirley Temple.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Let go of the things that can’t possibly matter to you, and you’ll always have room for the better things that come along.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Dressing Rooms of Broadway: 33 Photos Over Nearly a Century • •
• • Jesse Green of N.Y. Times got it wrong when he wrote: “Mae West playing the title character of her play “Diamond Lil” — — Mae West put on some prop jewelry [sic] in her dressing room. Circa 1949.”
• • CORRECT: The "Diamond Lil" program credits jeweler Harry Winston for supplying an Ali Baba's cave worth of glitter for this show. How expensive was that eyeful of razzle-dazzle?
• • CORRECT: Mae West's adornments in 1949 included: “Seven part waist decoration, $500,000; necklace, $100,000; three bracelets, $200,000; 46-carat emerald-cut diamond ring, $300,000; 30-carat oval-cut diamond ring, $75,000…”
• • CORRECT: These industrial-strength carats were ferried by couriers each night to the vault — — and brought back to the Coronet Theatre, heavily guarded, in time for each performance. …
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• • Source: The New York Times; published on Friday, 7 June 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 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 4,200 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fourteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4238th 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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