Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Mae West: Free Rein

“Cultivate your curves. They may be dangerous but they won't be avoided,” said MAE WEST. Magazine writers are still finding new angles on that famous figure. Let’s take a look. This is Part 3 of 4 excerpts.
• • Mae West’s Secret to Keeping Her Signature Curves • • 
• • Mae West and the curves • •
• • Jess Catcher wrote: “What can be accomplished by the feminine figure, once it’s nipped here and there, and allowed free rein elsewhere — you’d be surprised!” Mae West said. Of course, shape-wear has changed a lot over the years, but it still serves the same purpose West was looking for. “You got to have something to put in ‘em. Know what I mean?” We do! There’s no shame in getting a little help here and there.
Mae onstage as Diamond Lil
• • Jess Catcher wrote: Mae also revealed another secret about her enviable body. “I have an extra thyroid gland,” she said. “It gives me twice the energy and twice, the, you know, everything else I guess.”
• • Mae West advocated for taking care of yourself • • … 
• • This four part series will be concluded tomorrow.
• • Source: Woman’s World; published on Monday, 22 July 2019.
• • On Friday, 17 June 1932 • •
• • Mae West would, no doubt, be capable of delivering "curdling melodrama," predicted the publication Hollywood Citizen News in its issue dated Friday, 17 June 1932.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Latest in the Mae West builder-upper series is the Society for Advancement of Feminism, purpose of which is to discourage the wearing or usage of mannish clothes and habits among women. Jack Mclnerney of Publix created the idea, which was handled last week as though a regular legal proposition. Incorporation papers were asked of Supreme Court Justice Aaron J. Levy who granted them in the usual manner.
• • Miss West is listed first among the incorporators.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: “No secret marriage stuff for me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Chicago Tribune mentioned Mae West.
• • Bombshells who followed in her footsteps • •
• • Mae West loved diamonds from the time she first encountered them at age 4. "There is nothing better in life than diamonds except maybe health," she told author Charlotte Chandler.
• • Mae West also loved pushing cultural boundaries with her still-repeated double-entendres via her most famous character, Diamond Lil, originally created for the stage. Lil was immortalized in West's 1933's "She Done Him Wrong" and came to influence generations of other sexy blonds who "always knew how." …
• • Source: Chicago Tribune; published on Friday, 24 April 2009
• • 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 4,498th 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 • • onstage in 1928 • •
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