Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mae West: Very Sexual Life

Was MAE WEST really misquoted? Let’s find out. This is Part 2 of eight sections.
• • 1930s sex symbol Mae West has been misquoted for decades, book reveals • •
• • Mae West had this very scandalous reputation • •
• • Stephanie Nolasco wrote: “Mae West had this reputation countrywide as being this woman who worked nights in New York and had a very scandalous, very sexual life,” author Mark A. Vieira told Fox News. “People in polite society did not use the word ‘sex.’ The community standards were very, very different.”
• • Stephanie Nolasco wrote: Before West tantalized moviegoers, she had long sparked plenty of controversies.
Here is a newspaper ad for "Sex" and a promotional postcard
• • Stephanie Nolasco wrote: The New York Times previously reported her play “Sex” opened in New York in 1926 in front of a full house despite the refusal of local newspapers to carry advertisements [sic] for it.
• • Stephanie Nolasco wrote: Soon after, the blonde bombshell was targeted by the Society for the Suppression of Vice.
• • A guilty verdict • • . . .  
• • This article by Stephanie Nolasco will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Fox News; published on Wednesday, 4 September 2019.
• • On Wednesday, 19 September 1928 • •
• • Variety used their hammer on Mae West more often than a judge uses a gavel. Variety published a review (on page 46) in their issue dated for Wednesday, 19 September 1928. The title was  "Oh, My Dear, Here's Mae West's New Show — Get a Load of It and Weep."  Weep for Diamond Lil? Thanks a heap, Variety.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West feels definitely daunted. Says Santa Claus is the only man she doesn't know how to handle!
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "There is something about big cats that appeals to me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Modern Screen mentioned Mae West.
• • At eleven, word went abroad that Mae West was expected. Jane would die if she couldn't see Mae West.
• • They phoned Mrs. Withers, leaving the door of the booth open, so the wonderful music and stuff would break her down. Mae West arrived at last with four escorts.
• • "Gee," breathed Jane Withers, "if I could only get her autograph!" . . .
• • Source: Modern Screen; published in the issue dated for September 1942
• • 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 4,300 blog posts. Wow!  
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4305th 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 • a newspaper ad for "Sex" in 1926

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