Thursday, February 13, 2020

Mae West: Kindly Curves

MAE WEST never learned to type and wrote longhand. Though most of her personal correspondence was typed by a secretary, Mae wrote to a stranger in 1933, Canadian graphologist Zita Lomas. This is Part 3 of 14 segments.
• • “An Open Letter to Mae West” • •
• • In every line and stroke, your writing shows • • 
• • Zita Lomas wrote: You get an inner satisfaction out of surmounting difficulties and overcoming opposition. But your ways are not hard and ruthless. As often as not, you achieve your ends and gain your points by a subtly diplomatic element which lies close to your surface of disarming frankness and candor.
Mae West wrote this in 1939
• • In every line and stroke, your writing shows ability to deal with people and to handle situations.
• • We are glad to see those kindly curves in your angular handwriting. They show that you possess attributes of tenderness and gentleness, too. And the pronounced slope reflects a wealth of affection and emotionalism in your nature.
• • Mae’s open a’s and o’s are very significant • •  . . .  
• • This very long article by Zita Lomas will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: The Vancouver Sun (page 4); published on Saturday, 30 December 1933.
• • On Saturday, 13 February 1971 • •
• • Mae West was the cover girl on Nieuwe Revu (in the Netherlands), a magazine dated for Saturday, 13 February 1971, Issue # 8.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West has bought a six-acre ranch out Van Nuys way that has ten room and a guest house. She claims it is difficult to find peace and quietness in an apartment, but wait until her friends hear about that guest house on the ranch. 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Pottstown Mercury (Pottstown, PA) mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West had numerous things to say about politics.
• • "Of course,” said the comedienne, with a wide grin, "there may be one drawback to a government controlled by women. The State Department might have to fold up and international diplomacy might just as easily collapse. For how many women can keep a secret?” . . .
• • Source: Pottstown Mercury; published on Monday, 10 February 1936
• • 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 4,400 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,409th 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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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • Mae's longhand sample in 1939 • •
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