Friday, November 15, 2019

Mae West: Breasts, Bras

The Pacific Northwest decided to offer a new production of “Sex” written by MAE WEST and her collaborator Adeline M. Leitzbach in 1926. Let’s learn more. This is Part 7 of 7. Errors made by Wendy Leigh have been corrected.
• • ‘SEX’ appeals at WICA • •
• • explores current issues • •
• • Wendy Leigh wrote: WICA Executive Director Verna Everitt encourages awareness of the center’s bold new programs, such as the Humanities Series that explores current issues and provides a space for civil discourse. WICA also ensure that art is accessible to everyone through dedicated “Pay What You Will” performances, discounted tickets for seniors and free tickets for youth ages 18 and under.
• • Wendy Leigh wrote: For information about the current production of “SEX” by Mae West, call 360-221-8262.
• • Note: The production is adapted and directed by Edward Jordon; includes music by Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Cole Porter; features stage—screen veteran Skye Aubrey; and runs October 11—26, 2019 in Langley, WA.
• • This stage review by Wendy Leigh has now concluded with this post, which is the seventh segment.
• • Source: South Whidbey Record; published on Friday, 11 October 2019.
• • On Sunday, 15 November 2009 • •
.• • The N.Y. Times columnist Margo Jefferson delivered a speech in Chicago on Sunday, 15 November 2009 about Mae West and Hattie McDaniel.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Trouping with Mae West in "Come On Up" had raised his profile, so Broadway beckoned. In the drama "Summer and Smoke" Tod Andrews took the role of John Buchanan, Jr.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I walk with men, dearie, not dogs."
• • Mae West said: "I never think about age."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A culture critic mentioned Mae West.
• • When did the bra become an object of provocation? • •
• • Camille Paglia wrote: As a historian of Hollywood, I identify Jean Harlow as the woman who brought breasts back, but there was no brassiere attached to it. Her breasts were large and sort of sloshed around, revealed by very sensuous silky fabrics. There is an amazing celebrity photography taken of her by the studio showing off her breasts.
• • Camille Paglia wrote: And, simultaneously, Mae West came in with her strange, nostalgic, retro look going all the way back to the 1890s. So you had a strange duality at first. The woman in the corset and then the woman unleashed. It took a while for the brassiere to emerge as an actual object that has a sexual connotation.   …
• • Source: Interview Magazine, Issue 6; published in 2014
• • 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 4,346th 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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