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 WestIt Ain't No Sin
By Louvish, Simon
Thomas Dunne BooksCopyright © 2006 Louvish, Simon
All right reserved.
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
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