Monday, July 24, 2017

Mae West: Dirty Words

In July 1970, The Australian Women's Weekly discussed MAE WEST and her eagerly awaited return to the silver screen in a lengthy, unhurried article.  This is Part 8.
• • She's NOT Myra Breckinridge, but Mae Gets the Top Billing • •
• • "This is not a comeback. I've never been away." • •
• • Don Prince wrote:   "I have never been away, so this is no comeback," she defined. "I have just been waiting for the right role. I was going to do a TV special, and was planning to do a picture of my own, 'Sextette,' to be made in England, when this came up."
• • Asked about the permissive pictures of today and the hippies, she replied:  "Permissive is just another word for dirty.  Sex is not dirty."
• • Mae continued in this vein.  "I have always believed in sex. But a lot of the bad stuff they do now is not good for anybody. I do believe in censorship — — I made a  fortune out of it."
• • "A fortune from censorship" • •  . . .
• • This was Part 8. This article continues tomorrow with Part 9.
• • Source: Article "Mae Gets Top Billing" written by Don Prince for The Australian Women's Weekly; published on Wednesday, 1 July 1970.
• • On Saturday, 24 July 1937 • •
• • On Saturday, 24 July 1937, Thomas Cavanagh Bogue [1896 — 1944] was voted "The Most Original Gent" in his costume as "film star Mae West" at the Carnamah Girls Club's Masquerade Ball at the Carnamah Hall in Australia on 24 July 1937. Bogue, who was 41 at the time of the party, clearly had a great sense of humor.
• • On Thursday, 24 July 1997 • •
• • The book "Three Plays by Mae West: Sex, The Drag, The Pleasure Man" was published on Thursday, 24 July 1997.  The book's editor was Lillian Schlissel.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West, who makes her screen debut in "Night After Night," and Roscoe Karns have been given Paramount contracts.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I'm a single gal with a single-track mind."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article published in Australia revealed something special about the private life of Mae West.
• • "Mae West's Generosity" • •
• • The Mail (in Adelaide, Australia) wrote: Mae West discovered a little eating place out towards San Fernando Valley. She found it much to her liking, and went there often. Now it comes out that recently the woman who operates the place was told to vacate, because of non-payment of a mortgage. Mae West found it out, paid off what was left, and handed the deeds to the woman.
• • "Why shouldn't I?" replied Mae. "I wanted to keep on eating there, didn't I?"
• • Source: Article: "Mae West's Generosity" for The Mail; published in Australia on Saturday, 24 July 1937 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,700 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the
3750th
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.


• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Mae West: Was It $300,000

In July 1970, The Australian Women's Weekly discussed MAE WEST and her eagerly awaited return to the silver screen in a lengthy, unhurried article.  This is Part 7.
• • She's NOT Myra Breckinridge, but Mae Gets the Top Billing • •
• • Leticia Van Allen, an entertainer • • 
• • Don Prince wrote:   Mae plays a Western character by the name of Leticia Van Allen, an entertainer who has inherited an agency, now solely used for the selection and sponsorship of leading men.
• • Mr. Fryer did not come by the talents of Mae easily.  Not only was the aforesaid large amount of money, reportedly in the neighborhood of $300,000, to be put up, but Mae demanded and got the right to write her own lines and top billing over Raquel and John Huston, who plays an old-time Western star in the movie.
• • There was talk at one time that Mae also wanted to name her own director, with George Cukor being prominently mentioned.  But Michael Same, a young English director, selected by Fryer and the studio, was found to be acceptable after Mae had a good look at this youthful and vigorous physique and  handsome countenance.
• • "This is not a comeback. I've never been away." • •  . . .
• • This was Part 7. This article continues tomorrow with Part 8.
• • Source: Article "Mae Gets Top Billing" written by Don Prince for The Australian Women's Weekly; published on Wednesday, 1 July 1970.
• • On Tuesday, 21 July 1936 • •
• • On Tuesday, 21 July 1936 this curious article was printed in The New York Herald.
• • "Mae West Type of Posture Is Hit by Doctor" was a health how-to, informing readers that Mae's posture and the "society slouch" for women, and the military carriage for men, were condemned as menaces to health by Dr. Olive B. Williams of Worcester, Mass. ... The Mae West figure, with its wasp waist and held-in abdomen, its squared back shoulders and upper body bent forward, is bad for feminine health, said Dr. Williams ....
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The Hays Office wrote: "We judge from your letter that during part of this picture, Miss West will be masquerading as an exponent of religion or a religious worker."
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "Bodyguards look after me."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A site devoted to Bing Crosby mentioned Mae West.
• • "There used to be a regular feature in Vanity Fair Magazine called the impossible interview. For instance, Einstein and Mae West would be combined. How would they talk to each other? I loved to book that way — — one from the old guard and one from the new. They all got along well together and had a ball.”  . . .
• • Source: Item from Bing Magazine; date unknown
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 13th anniversary • •  
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,700 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started thirteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the
3749th
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.


• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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