Monday, July 20, 2020

Mae West: Giving It Away

Despite all you think you know about MAE WEST, there’s always something new. Did you know how  Mae felt about her friends  “getting up there” in age, for instance?
• • Here’s an intimate interview with Mae West — — first seen in 2009. This is Part 6 of 29 parts.
• • From the Archive: A Candid (and Entertaining) Interview with Mae West • •
• • Mae West said, “I don’t like to give it away free.” • •  
 • • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  Mae West was not anxious to give any interviews, especially to a woman. “I don’t have anything I want to sell, so I don’t like to give it away free.”
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote: But she could not say no to George Cukor. She was still hoping that she would write and star in a film that he would direct. The only problem that concerned Mae was that Cukor was “getting up there in age.” That she was 86 at the time, Mae did not consider a problem.
• • Charlotte Chandler wrote:  Mae West paused. “I want you to know, this is the last interview I’m ever gonna give.”
• • Mae West emphasized, “This is my last interview!” • •   . . .
• • This long and fascinating interview will be continued tomorrow.
• • Source: AnOther Magazine; published  Autumn—Winter 2009 issue; rpt on Wednesday, 27 May 2020.
• • On Saturday, 20 July 1935 • •
• • On 20 July 1935, The Evening Capital let its readers know about an unusual evening when they printed this headline: "Mae West Dines With Gov. Nice."  Harry W. Nice [1877 — 1941] was Governor of Maryland for four years, from 1935 to 1939.
• • July 2004: Mae West Blog launches • •
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its Sweet 16th anniversary • •
• • What are we up to, writing about the Brooklyn-born bombshell for 16 sweet years now?
• • We've been the main Mae source for documentaries, solo shows, and biographies— — offering a trove of info, quotes, along with Westian arcana, thanks to 4,500+ posts.
• • We’re still here to keep Mae mavens up to date, correct errors, celebrate each revival of a play she wrote, post the latest Westian stage and book reviews. And answer our fan mail!
• • The ghost light’s still on. Come up and see Mae every day.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mark Voger wrote: "The Heat's On" [1943] is historically significant as Mae West's final film for 27 years. (The screen sex goddess finally returned from the desert to make ... "Myra Breckinridge.")
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I enjoyed my success with no false humility and no coy hiding of my ego under a basket.  I had worked very hard since I was a teenager."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A NYC student paper mentioned Mae West.
• • The opportunity to compare older methods with those of today, and to evaluate technical improvements is welcome to observer and critic alike. "Casablanca," Mickey Mouse, Mae West, and documentary films are all represented. ...
• • Source: Columbia Spectator; published on Friday, 14 July 1944
• • 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 16th 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 4,500 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started fifteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 4,521st 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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