Becoming Mae West

Becoming Mae West Mae West loved big cities form fitting clothes lipstick jazz sex in taxis intrigue gun toting bootleggers boxers lathered in sweat and cops who read her the riot act Born in Brooklyn in

  • Title: Becoming Mae West
  • Author: Emily W. Leider
  • ISBN: 9780374109592
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mae West loved big cities, form fitting clothes, lipstick, jazz, sex in taxis, intrigue, gun toting bootleggers, boxers lathered in sweat, and cops who read her the riot act Born in Brooklyn in 1893, she was the child of a former bare knuckles boxer and an immigrant whose aspirations made her a classic stage mother Baby Mae was performing by age five by the time she wasMae West loved big cities, form fitting clothes, lipstick, jazz, sex in taxis, intrigue, gun toting bootleggers, boxers lathered in sweat, and cops who read her the riot act Born in Brooklyn in 1893, she was the child of a former bare knuckles boxer and an immigrant whose aspirations made her a classic stage mother Baby Mae was performing by age five by the time she was twenty, she was a seasoned trouper on the Keith vaudeville circuit and had begun to write her own material When prudery squelched her as a vaudeville headline, she moved to the cosmopolitan legitimate stage Here, too, censors tried to shut her down, but the headlines sparked by obscenity trials for her plays Sex and The Pleasure Man catapulted her instead to box office success and Hollywood There, in 1933, she was credited with restoring a sick box office and reviving the moribund Paramount Studio But when bluenoses struck once again, this time the formidable Hays Office, her career suffered a blow from which it would never completely recover This first intensive biography of Mae West focuses not on the kitsch of her later years but rather on the dynamic, creative, sexually adventurous young woman who took aggressive control of her own performances and in the process made her face and form among the world s most famous It is also a window on the history of American urban entertainment, and especially on its love hate relationship with sex.

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    1. Mae West was a character like no one of a certain age doesn't know that. But learning that her mother shaped and formed the Mae West we know was really really enlightening. And before she ever came to Hollywood and quipped her quips she had a career on the stage, in vaudeville and burlesque, as a hootchy koochy dancer at carnivals. She was a writer, producer and director (if not in name definitely in action). A control freak and a legend in her own mind it was hard not to like her. Always proud [...]

    2. This book gave a fascinating account on the life of Mae West. It covers her childhood, her vaudeville career, prohibition, censorship, bootleggers, and her movie career. This was a wild and romping account of a true American icon!

    3. Mae West was a liberated woman long before it was the trend. Born in 1893, and actively working from the early 1900's until the 1940's, she had an unshakable, almost male-like, sexuality and a brilliant comedic sense, using both of these qualities to entertain others in racy plays and movies. Every production she worked on was assailed by various persons or groups acting as the "moral police", yet she never voluntarily budged from her positions staying true to her self until the end, even if it [...]

    4. Mae was amazing, the way she spoke, the way she treated people. An awesome actress, and hysterically funny

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