Friday, February 28, 2020

Mae West: Torso Tossing

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 14 of 14 segments, the grand finale.
• • “An Open Letter to Mae West” • •
• • we’ll close by answering your question, Mae West • • 
• • Zita Lomas wrote: So we'll close by answering the question in your letter. You're doin’ great, Mae. Your pictures come back, over and over again, for repeat showings — — and how you line ‘em up at the box office. 
• • Here's to you and your "lurid lady" screen type.
• • Give us plenty of torso-tossing, hip-swivelling, and upholstered wickedness. We love it. Be torrid, horrid, fast, and naughty — — it stirs up our dormant caveman instincts. 
• • We admire your courageous nerve and honesty in playing lurid ladies, and in exploiting curves and luscious contours. You're the best public health officer in the world today.
• • Zita Lomas wrote: We think you're grand.  Good luck, and thanks for the note. 
• • This very long article by Zita Lomas has now been concluded with this post.
• • Note: Many thanks to writer and researcher Mark Desjardins for securing a hard copy of this 1933 article from his secret sources.
• • Source: The Vancouver Sun (page 4); published on Saturday, 30 December 1933.
• • On Tuesday, 28 February 1933 • •
• • An article on Mae's staying power — — "Paramount's Unusual 3rd Week for Mae West" — — was printed in Variety on Tuesday, 28 February 1933.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The Hollywood Reporter ran an article: "Mae West Captures Paris Fans."
• • They wrote: Mae West has taken Paris like the revolutionists took the Bastille. "I'm No Angel" is packing them in at Gaumont-Elysee, with long lines being turned away daily.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “I'm much too busy to worry about the censor boards. ... If they don’t like me, well, that’s their business. In 'I'm No Angel' only one line was deleted by the censors, and that’s my business."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Spiked mentioned Mae West.
• • Matthew Albas wrote: ‘I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.’ It is a shame these words, spoken by Hollywood actress Mae West, are not more widely known.
• • Matthew Albas wrote: Mae West, whose risqué double entendres were often targeted for censorship, knew more than anyone that people would always be more tempted to seek out material that others had tried to suppress. Sometimes scandal sells more than positive press. . . .
• • Source: Spiked; published on Friday, 21 February 2020
• • 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 4,420th 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 • • in 1933 • •
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