Friday, February 14, 2020

Mae West: Up-turned Finals

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 4 of 14 segments.
• • “An Open Letter to Mae West” • •
• • Mae’s open a’s and o’s are very significant • •
• • Zita Lomas wrote: It is that ardor which imparts so much warmth to your personality, a warmth which draws people to you and inspires their confidence.
• • Magnanimous • • 
• • Those open a’s and o’s are very significant. They indicate a sympathetic, generous-hearted nature. The many up-turned finals and the wide spacing enhance this indication.
• • There is nothing that you wouldn't do, Mae West, to help a fellow out. We remember reading things about your magnanimous gestures and charitable Impulses.
• • the high priestess of sex • •  . . . 
• • 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 Tuesday, 14 February 1933 • •
• • Variety's reporter "Bige" wrote an article on "She Done Him Wrong." The magazine ran it on pages 12 and 21 in their issue dated 14 February 1933.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West has as many taboos as she has curves. She doesn't like black cats, the numbers thirteen or twenty-three, and wouldn't walk under a ladder on a bet. But her greatest fear was unconsciously revealed one day by her when she told a mutual friend, "The thing that worries me most, young fella, is the reformers likin' me. When they do I'll know I'm slippin'!"
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "It wasn't what I did, but how I did it. Well, everybody knows how I did it. I've got more imitators than anyone else, so they know. A lot of gay boys imitate me." 
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Watertown Daily Times mentioned Mae West.
• • Mae West Lures "Mr. Ed" To Equine Dream House • •
• • "I've vamped a lot of males in my time," purred the 72-year-old veteran of stage, screen, and night clubs, "but this is the first time they've asked me to charm a horse!" . . .
• • Source: The Watertown Daily Times; published on Friday, 14 February 1964
• • 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 4,410th 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 note to Zita Lomas • •
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1 comment:

  1. This Valentine's Day, is a good time to recall that Mae West was NEVAH lonely! You keep coming up with the most a-mae-ing posts, which always are fun and informative!