Shirley Temple and Mae West pinup Look May 25 1937 (from my collection)
Mae West dressed as a boy aged 15 in 1908. This photo probably started a lot of rumours
In her teens Mae West was striking
Mae West as a vamp variety performer in 1917
Mae West and her rarely seen sister Beverly (own collection)
Blondes have more fun
Mae West color magazine pinup (own collection)
Mae West vintage postcard (own collection)
Mae West as a lion tamer in I'm No Angel 1933 (own collection)
My favorite photo of Mae West (own collection)
This is a close 2nd favorite shot.
Silver Screen Feb '35 (own collection)
Mae & Charlie McCarthy "Why don't you come up and play in my wood pile?"
There has been a lot of speculation over the years that Mae West may have actually been born male.
She was rarely photographed showing her legs, loved films set in the 'gay nineties' as that era suited her penchant for big hats, ample bosom, tiny waist and hourglass figure. Also Mae disliked being touched, was very discreet with her lovers, loved a prizefight or a black boxer as a lover. And yet Mae was tiny, she wore stacked shoes that had false bottoms on them, so when she walked, it was one balancing act. Another unusual thing about Mae was she hated her masculine chin and jawline, and had them retouched in every photo. Mae made her first film at 40, so she wanted to look as good as possible in every photo. Her weight was always a problem, and being short in stature didn't help. So she always wore long dresses or trousers to cover her stacked heels. In the late 40's it was reported Mae had died, then the papers said it was her brother who had died. Some people believe Mae's looks changed from the 50's onwards. Her brother was taller, but her sister Beverly was about the same height. and looked very similar. Very few photos exist of Mae with her sister Beverly. But her sister was at Mae's funeral in 1980, so it couldn't have been her pretending to be Mae all those years. It would be a fascinating rumour to believe, but there is no proof. Anyway, Raquel Welch loves to talk about working on the 1970 camp classic Myra Breckenridge with Mae, and on the dvd's commentary, she states at the time she noticed Mae's big hands, and thought she was a man. Raquel and Mae famously did not get on during filming. Mae insisted on being the only actress to wear white, so Raquel wore a pale blue tinted ruffle. But more about Myra in my next post on Mae's later years. For now enjoy some rare early shots of Mae in her vaudeville days, and some stunning shots through the 30's of Mae at her peak.
Jack Buetel and Jane Russell admire costume illustration
Illustration of Jack Buetel
Jane Russell posing for the magazine poster ad for The Outlaw
The Outlaw magazine ad August 1946 Screen Stars (from my own collection)
Jane Russell and Jack Buetel The Outlaw
Jack Buetel and Jane Russell The Outlaw : still hand signed by Jayne Russell (from my own collection)
Jane Russell and Jack Buetel The Outlaw lobby card
Jane Russell and Jack Buetel The Outlaw still
Jane Russell and Jack Buetel The Outlaw
Jane Russell and Jack Buetel relaxing
Jack Buetel signed fan photo
Jane Russell and Jack Buetel The Outlaw
Jack Buetel was chosen to star opposite Jane Russell in her first film, The Outlaw, it was rumoured, because he looked like a male version of her. Then the film after much fanfare, was delayed and not released for a few years because of censorship. Jack Buetel was under contract to Howard Hughes, and was not allowed to make another film for about a decade, because Hughes wouldn't let him. So his career was virtually ruined, but he did do a few films later. He is best remembered for this film. He would never say why Hughes treated him so poorly. The Outlaw was completed in February 1941. The studio demanded cuts because of the footage of Miss Russell's ample bosom. Hughes had designed an uplifting bra for Miss Russell to wear, but it was so uncomfortable, she padded her own, and wore that without telling him. The film was finally previewed in 1943 for one week but was closed because it violated the production code. Hughes drummed up publicity to have the film banned by women's and church groups, hoping to get some interest from the studio. The publicity had the desired effect, and the film was finally released in April 1946, 5 years after it had been made. It became an instant hit.
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I LOVE DOUGLAS SIRK MOVIES
CAMP MOVIE STAR QUOTES
"I love playing bitches. There`s a lot of bitch in every woman - a lot in every man." Joan Crawford
"Of all the actresses ... to me, only Faye Dunaway has the talent and the class and the courage it takes to make a real star." Joan Crawford
“Where's the little boy's room?” Joan Crawford
"I think that the most important thing a woman can have - next to talent, of course - is her hairdresser." Joan Crawford
"I never go outside unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door." Joan Crawford
"I have always known what I wanted, and that was beauty... in every form." Joan Crawford
"I am just too much." Joan Crawford
Favorite Quotes from films or the famous.
"Oh I'm bored. And I've only just gotten up." Capucine. Walk on the Wild Side. (1962)
"She doesn't have many friends you know. Her personality I suppose." Joan Crawford in Queen Bee.
"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois. A Streetcar Named Desire. (1951)
"When my mouth is moving it means that you need to be quiet. And Sir- don't you see my mouth still moving!" Judge Judy to hapless defendant.
"Keep, drinking honey. I like you better drunk than sober." Burgess Meredith to Lana Turner. Madame X (1966)
"Why don't you slip out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini?" Robert Benchley to Ginger Rogers. The Major and the Minor (1942)
"Success in life depends on your sense of values." Marlene Dietrich
"I wasn't always rich. No there was a time I didn't know where my next husband was coming from" Mae West. Sex Goddess.
"Ted Casablanca is not a fag! And I'm the dame to prove it!" Patty Duke. Valley of the Dolls (1967)
"Can we get a shot of this ring, because its sinking ships!" "A bauble he gave you?" Larry King. "Yeah" Liz Taylor. Larry King Live 2006.
"You sure do look pretty. You always did look pretty. Just pretty enough to eat!" James Dean to Elizabeth Taylor. Giant (1954)
"Nice girls don't wear cha-cha heels" Roland Hertz to daughter Divine, Female trouble (1974)
"Pleasure is everything" Diana Vreeland (editor Vogue/Harpers Bazaar)
"Unshined shoes are the end of civilization" Diana Vreeland (Editor Vogue/Harpers Bazaar)
"Well if he dies he dies!" Joan Collins after being asked about the age difference with her new husband.
"No man walks out on me. They might carry them out, but they never walk out!" Mae West. Sex Goddess.
"Chin up darling_both of them!" Kim Novack to Elizabeth Taylor. The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
"There are only two things I dislike about you- your face!" Elizabeth Taylor to Kim Novak. The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
"Usually one must go to a bowling alley to meet a woman of your stature." John Gielgud to Liza Minnelli. Arthur (1981)
"When you're pretty, it doesn't matter how you wear your hair." Frances Faye (singer comic)
"There's a man leaving in 10 minutes. Be under him!" Dorothy to Blanche. The Golden Girls
"I'd like to make a dress for her. Half tar, half feathers!" Una Merkel about Marlene Dietrich. Destry Rides Again (1939)
"You're nothing but a railroad tramp. You're not good enough to live amongst decent people!" Mercedes McCambridge to Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar (1954)
"If I only had a little humility-I'd be perfect!" Zsa Zsa Gabor.
"Oh I'm so tired of just being pretty." Kim Novak, Picnic (1955)
THE LEGENDARY LOVELY MARLENE
The Wild Wild World of Jayne Mansfield
Where Do You Go To, My Lovely? - Peter Starstedt
You talk like Marlene Dietrich, And you dance like Zi Zi Jean Maire. Your clothes are all made by Balmain, And there's diamonds and pearls in your hair, yes there are. You live in a fancy apartment, On the Boulevard Saint Michel, Where you keep your Rolling Stones records, And a friend of Sacha Distel, yes you do.
But where do you go to, my lovely, When you're alone in your bed? Tell me the thoughts that surround you, I want to look inside your head, yes I do.
You go to the embassy parties Where you talk in Russian and Greek And the young men who move in your circles They hang on every word you speak (yes they do).
I've seen all your qualifications, You got from the Sorbonne, And the painting you stole from Picasso, Your loveliness goes on and on, yes it does.
When you go on your summer vacation, You go to Juan-les-Pins. With your carefully designed topless swimsuit, You get an even suntan, on your back, and on your legs.
And when the snow falls you're found in St. Moritz, With the others of the jet set, And you sip your Napoleon brandy, But you never get your lips wet, no you don't.
You're in between twenty and thiry A very desirable age. Your body is firm and inviting But you live on a glittering stage (yes you do, yes you do).
Your name it is heard in high places, You know the Aga Khan. He sent you a racehorse for Christmas, And you keep it just for fun, for a laugh, ha ha ha.
They say that when you get married, It'll be to a millionaire, But they don't realise where you came from, And I wonder if they really care, or give a darn.
I remember the back streets of Naples, Two children begging in rags, Both touched with a burning ambition, To shake off their lowly born tags, they tried.
So look into my face, Marie-Claire, And remember just who you are. Then go and forget me forever, But I know you still bear the scars, deep inside, yes you do.
I know where you go to, my lovely, When you're alone in your bed. I know the thoughts that surround you, 'Cause I can look inside your head.
The two most beautiful French actors Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot
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AUDREY HEPBURN as HOLLY GOLIGHTLY in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY's
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.-Audrey Hepburn