“In real life, I’m very boring, so I made up the walk and the talk,” said MAE WEST.
• • British freelancer Dr. Sabina Stent, whose area of study included “Women artists, Surrealism, and unconventional females,” penned a fascinating essay on Mae’s customized double-decker footwear. This is Part 9 of 27 parts.
• • “Get the Idea, Boys? Mae West’s Shoes” • •
• • Mae West knew the power of her walk • •
• • Sabina Stent wrote: She was an expert at using every inch of her body as an extension of her character. Even in her private life, away from photographers’ lenses, the movie cameras, and the gaze of adoring fans, West would always be “on,” even for herself, staying true to her self-serving image [sic].
• • Sabina Stent wrote: I once read a description of her “gliding” into a room. Mae West knew the power of her walk, and in the movies, the way a woman walks can prove central to her character.
• • Sabina Stent wrote: In I’m No Angel (1933)—also written by West—she plays Tira, the glittering carnival queen in “Big Bill Barton’s Wonder Show.” Barton, the manager, uses his star attraction to lure more seedy men into the establishment as if she were a trophy and a prize.
• • "you don’t have to have feet to be a dancer” • • . . .
• • This long essay by Sabina Stent will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Majuscule, Issue 2; posted in December 2019.
• • On Tuesday, 31 December 2019 • •
• • Wishing all our Mae-mavens and readers a very happy, safe, joyful New Year's Eve.
• • On Tuesday, 31 December 1935 • •
• • According to Breen's letter to Hays, dated on Tuesday, 31 December 1935, Joseph Breen's brief evaluation in his weekly written report to his boss echoed the optimism Will Hays had expressed at the project's outset: 'The Mae West picture presents a new type of characterization for the star, depending for her entertainment less on her wisecracks and more on a legitimate story and sincere characterizations’ . . ."
• • Source: Ramona Curry’s book "Too Much of a Good Thing: Mae West as Cultural Icon" [U of Minnesota Press, 1996].
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Shirley Temple is the biggest box office draw since Mae West.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I'll never believe the worst about anybody without complete proof, nor will I believe it's useless to struggle against so-called Fate."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The London paper, The Guardian mentioned Mae West.
• • Chris Petit wrote: Compared to Brando, Beatty or Granger, Mae West was a paragon of the Protestant work ethic. Few worked harder in Hollywood. Her famous sexual innuendo and throw-away style were the products of much rewriting and rehearsal. She remains a theatrical, and rather Victorian, figure and the film career was limited by censorship battles and studio politics . . .
• • Source: Article in The Guardian [UK]; published on Saturday, 31 December 2005
• • 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 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.
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,378th
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