Thursday, September 05, 2019

Mae West: Sassy Bravado

A cunning cartoon showed MAE WEST yanking G.B. Shaw's beard. If only the two controversial writers could chat during Shaw Fest, which is presenting “Sex” in Canada. Broadway World sent Michael Rabice to review it. This is Part 3 of 9 segments.
• • BWW Review: SEX is Alive and Well at Shaw Festival • •
• • Unapologetic Margy LaMont, full of sass and bravado • •
• • Michael Rabice wrote: Mae West wrote the juicy role of Margy LaMont for herself, full of sass and bravado. Diana Donnelly steps into the role placing her own stamp without much imitation of the famed creator. Of course, the language used exudes Mae West-ism's, so it is clear who this character truly is. While the language may seem corny to 21st century ears, the subject matter would have been shocking to hear onstage in 1926. The play was closed and West was convicted of "corrupting the morals of youth." According to the program, she served 8 days of her 10 days sentence in jail (two days off for good behavior).
• • Michael Rabice wrote: It is clear from the outset that West is no wordsmith, but she has created an engaging story.
• • Montreal's red light district • •  . . .
• • Mr. Radice’s stage review continues on the next post.
• • Source: BWW Review; published on Friday, 2 August 2019.
• • 79 Birthday Candles Lit for Raquel Welch • •
• • Happy Birthday to Raquel Welch, whose career was not boosted by "Myra Breckinridge" [1970], though her curves made the poster memorable. Born on Thursday, 5 September 1940, the plastic surgery enhanced former model is 79 years old today.
• • When they co-starred together, Mae West was 77 years old. Think it over, Raquel.
• • On Friday, 5 September 1952 in Colorado • •
• • On Friday, 5 September 1952 in Denver, Adlai Stevenson gave a speech that included a piece of wisdom — — "it is not the years in your life, but the life in your years" — — and this statement has been misattributed to both Abraham Lincoln and Mae West.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • “Beans” Reardon, National League umpire who spends his winters in Hollywood, has joined the cast of Mae West’s “Now I’m a Lady.”
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I had always had my own way in everything."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Hollywood LOW-DOWN mentioned Mae West.
• • Any time that Hays banned a picture from the screen, a jury of three producers sat in the court of last resort and usually over-ruled Hays, permitting the film’s release. Why? Because usually the trio had films just as bad ready for the market. A veto of a Jean Harlow picture for MGM would, of course, probably later get a blackball for one of the Mae West sizzlers at Paramount.
• • Caught between the crossfire, Hays could do nothing but be complaisant. His elastic code of ethics was many times stretched near the breaking point. …
• • Source: The Hollywood LOW-DOWN; published on Saturday, 15 September 1934
• • 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 4,200 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4295th 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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• • Mae West • "Sex" Trinidad scene, in 1926

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