Mae West: It Ain't No Sin

Mae West: It Ain't No Sin

by Simon Louvish


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ISBN-13: 9781566560122
Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Series: The Louvish Hollywood Biographies
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 824,366
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Simon Louvish has written eleven works of fiction and four previous movie biographies of Hollywood's star comedians: W. C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, and Mack Sennett. He lives in London, is married, and holds forth occasionally at the London Film School.

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Mae West

It Ain't No Sin
By Louvish, Simon

Thomas Dunne Books

Copyright © 2006 Louvish, Simon
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0312348789

Mae West on Mae West
--It's better to be looked over, than overlooked.
--To err is human---but it feels divine.
--When a girl goes wrong, men go right . . . after her.
--It's not the men in my life that counts--- it's the life in my men.
--I used to be Snow White . . .  but I drifted.


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Mae West: It Ain't No Sin 7

Prologue 11

Part 1 Rap Rap Rap

Chapter 1 More Sunlight and Less Smoke 21

Chapter 2 Made Ready for the Footlights 27

Chapter 3 In Dahomey 33

Chapter 4 "I Always Wanted Attention…" 43

Chapter 5 There Is Never Enough Hot Water in the Dressing Rooms 53

Chapter 6 Very Violetta, Et Cetera 61

Part 2 The Low-and-Behold Girl

Chapter 7 Looking Pretty and Saying Cute Things 75

Chapter 8 "No Vulgarity Whatsoever!" 83

Chapter 9 Of Jimmy and the Shimmy 91

Chapter 10 "What Do You Have to Do to Get It?" 99

Chapter 11 To a Rag and a Bone and a Hank of Hair… 109

Chapter 12 You've Gotta Have a Certain Something 121

Part 3 Sex, Drag, and Rocky Roads

Chapter 13 Never Has Disgrace Fallen so Heavily… 139

Chapter 14 Tire Scarlet Sisterhood For Life 149

Chapter 15 "Everyone in the Police Force Is Not a Dancer" 159

Chapter 16 The Wicked Age 167

Chapter 17 I Want to Be Bad! 177

Chapter 18 Miss Don't Give a Damn 191

Chapter 19 The Constant Sinner 203

Chapter 20 Song's Words Don't Offend, but Tune Does 213

Part 4 Belle of the Thirties

Chapter 21 Being Bad in a Nice Town 227

Chapter 22 Coming Soon: The Street of Scarlet Memories… 241

Chapter 23 "If He Swallows It, I'll Buy It"-The Legend Begins 249

Chapter 24 "Beulah-Peel Me a Grape!" 259

Chapter 25 A Diversion-The Secret Life of Mae West 275

Chapter 26 The Devil's Daughter 285

Chapter 27 A Member in Good Standing 303

Chapter 28 Revenge of the Song-and-Dance Man 317

Chapter 29 The Devil's Daughter Revisited 323

Chapter 30 The Fifty Monkeys, and Other Primates 341

Chapter 31 Flutter By Little Butterfly 353

Part 5 Herself Alone

Chapter 32 Off Screen As On… 369

Chapter 33 "Mae West Haunted by Dead Romance…" 385

Chapter 34 Catherine Was Great-But She Drifted… 397

Chapter 35 Mae West, With Diamonds, Arrived… 409

Chapter 36 Crossing the Sahara… 419

Chapter 37 Is This the End-Or Are We Just Beginning? 431

Chapter 38 Something Left Over 439

Chapter 39 "The Last of Living Legends" 451

The Epilogue: Of Short Weddings and Long Honeymoons 457

Appendix A Notes on Sources 469

Appendix B Chronology, Stage Plays & Filmography 498

Appendix C Selected Bibliography 518

Acknowledgments 522

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