50s and after
20s and before
Mae West Palace Live Performance Poster (1938). Extremely Rare.... | Lot #89295 | Heritage Auctions
Mae West Palace Live Performance Poster (1938). Extremely Rare. Colorful window card printed on thick card - Available at 2018 April 15 Entertainment &...
Mae West: Yogini
MAE WEST was involved with yoga in 1940, observes this recent article in Columbia Journalism Review. Here is a brief excerpt. • • The thirties saw the rise of the influence of gossip columnists, many of whom had started their careers just a few years earlier with the tabloids. Walter Winchell and Hedda Hopper were two of the best known of the pack. Gossips wrote six days a week in many cases, so they relied to an inordinate degree on movie stars’ predilections, which began to involve yoga. •…
Mae West: Auction This Month
RR Auction is selling a rare autographed portrait of MAE WEST this month. Their catalogue offers only one sentence for a description: three-quarter length Kesslere photo of the actress in diamonds and fur, signed and inscribed in red fountain pen “My Dear Friend Josephine, Best Wishes, Mae West" — — and bidding for this keepsake ends on 18 January 2012. • • Though it's unclear who "my dear friend Josephine" was, the lensman had a long history with the Brooklyn bombshell. G. Maillard Kesslere…
Mae West: Catherine's Court
On Monday, 30 August 1948 MAE WEST was in Los Angeles. The newspapers described the star as trim, stylish, and "dolled up in black satin" when she took the stand in a crowded Los Angeles courtroom. • • Take a moment to notice how the shape of the unusual hat Mae wore to the trial in 1948 imitated the headdress Mae wore onstage in August 1944 when she portrayed the iconic czarina on Broadway. • • Catherine's Court — Plagiarism Suit in 1948 • • • • Every lawsuit has a back-story. Eagerly…
Mae West: Recollections from Abroad
MAE WEST used to say: "I speak two languages — — body and English." It's obvious that her appeal is not just North American. You don't need to have grown up on the East or West Coast to "get" her. • • What effect was there on her fans abroad and on her anxious household in November 1980, as the vivacious performer millions have applauded slipped further back, wavering in those last temporary breaths? A news flash on the 22nd fractured the calm, partnered with an emptying fear, words waving…
Fashion and Costume History
In 1927, Mae West was sentenced to 10 days in prison and given a $500 fine, charged with “obscenity and corrupting the morals of youth” for writing, under the pen name Jane Mast, directing, and starring in the play 'Sex.' Photo, 1937.
Mae West is supposed to be telling Randolph Scott "Go West, Young Man" (1936) but I suspect what she's really saying is: "My bedroom's up thataway." Mae would be waiting a long time since Scott was reportedly more interested if Cary Grant was up there.