Thursday, May 14, 2020

Mae West: Healthy Diet

“I first went to interview MAE WEST after the collapse of ‘Myra Breckinridge’ [1970]. Like almost everyone else, I was in awe of the woman,” wrote Jacoba Atlas. Let’s read her fascinating first-hand account from 1974. This is Part 17 of 19 segments.
• • Image from a Cracked Mirror • •
• • Mae West is a great ad for health food and self-control • •
• • Jacoba Atlas wrote: She also warns against Los Angeles water ("I never drink it"), the evils of salt (“There’s enough natural salt in the food we eat”), and all in all Mae West is one of the best advertisements for health food and self-control. Her famous phrases are now part of daily usage at most, and known by all film fans at the very least.
• • Jacoba Atlas wrote: Who can forget, “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted”; or, "Between two evils I always pick the one I haven’t tried before.”
• • Jacoba Atlas wrote: Her screen debut is legendary: swaying into a night club, covered with diamonds, she listened while a hat check girl gasped, “Goodness, what beautiful diamonds” — to which La West replied, “Goodness had nothing to do with it,” and disappeared up a sweeping staircase and into history, as they say.
• • Mae West cannot relax into her current self • • …
• • This long profile by Jacoba Atlas will be concluded on the next post.  
• • Source: Los Angeles Free Press, Volume 11, issue 517; published on Friday, 14 June 1974.
• • On Saturday, 14 May 1927 in Collier's • •
• • After Mae's arrest in 1927, Booth Tarkington was commissioned to write an article — — and "When Is It Dirt?" [published in Collier's, The National Weekly, on Saturday, 14 May 1927] discussed the issue of censorship and government intervention.
• • An author himself, Tarkington never champions the rights of the censors, of course, in his thoughtful essay.  Though Mae's name is not mentioned in his piece, the magazine page was designed around a huge photo of Mae, looking very annoyed, in court.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Paramount Pictures announced: "She Done Him Wrong," a story of the New York Bowery, which opens today at the New Santa Cruz Theatre, was written by Miss Mae West. It is her greatest success and breaking all attendance records! 
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I was told I could pay the fine and get out of going to jail, but I made up my own mind. I decided it would be more interesting to go to prison."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article on keeping a diary mentioned Mae West.
• • Craig Brown wrote: The brassy Mae West, who relished a good scandal, recommended keeping a diary so that "some day it’ll keep you."  But just as diaries can make authors, they can break them, too. ...
• • Source: Article: "Here's to you, the original Mrs Robinson: Compelling diary of a well-to-do Victorian lady reveals her darker secrets" in The Daily Mail [U.K.]; published on Saturday, 12 May 2012
• • 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 4,474th 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 • • on trial in 1927 • •
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