MAE WEST was not often invited to the Oscars. Her performances and scripts were mostly overlooked by judges at the Motion Picture Academy.
• • But Mae’s appearance at the star-studded ceremony in 1958 made up for this previous invisibility. Her duet with Rock Hudson is still being applauded. The song they sang was "Baby, It's Cold Outside."
• • "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is a popular song written by Frank Loesser in 1944 and introduced to the public in the 1949 film "Neptune's Daughter."
• • “Neptune's Daughter" was released on the 9th of June — — on Thursday, 9 June 1949. No, not nearly as memorable as the duet by Mae West and Rock Hudson.
• • On Thursday, 9 June 1949 • •
• • "Mae West Gives Earl Wilson a Necktie for Birthday" • •
• • Syndicated night-life columnist Earl Wilson wrote: New York, June 9 — I'm the blissful owner of a birthday tie given to me by Mae West. A friend pointed out to me to me that it's Mae Westian in design. The figures on it are fig leaves, the friend said.
• • "You know," I commented to Mae, "I wouldn't know a fig leaf if I saw one."
• • "You mean," said Mae, "you wouldn't know one if you saw it on a necktie."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West races through pictures a male a minute.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I didn't start out to collect diamonds, but somehow they just kept piling up."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An academic paper mentioned Mae West.
• • Jenna Simpson wrote: Helen Gregory had wanted to see more plays that were morally proper, but she noted that "No one wants to see a dull play, no matter how decent it might be.” . . .
• • Jenna Simpson wrote: There was some controversy over theatre censorship laws in the early 1930s, especially as a trial of Mae West (which had begun back in 1928!) was just wrapping up in 1930 ("without convictions”), but far fewer readers chose to comment upon this in the Times than did those who felt strongly about the movies. . . .
• • Source: “Reforming the Stage and Screen: How Expectations, Audiences, and Economics Shaped the Film and Theatre Censorship Movements in Early-1930s New York” by Jenna Simpson; posted in 2005
• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/
• • 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.
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,492nd
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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