Talk:Mae West

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Is that an incomplete Wikipedia article in your pocket, or...[edit]

Going through this article briefly, I was shocked to see no mention of her most famous quotation. Not being all that familiar with the subject, I wouldn't know the first place about where to put it (in the "In popular culture" section, perhaps?), but certainly it ought to be mentioned somewhere, no? Evanh2008 (talk|contribs) 08:13, 20 June 2012 (UTC)

I got nowhere with this above. This particular article is certainly lacking in the quips department (which it does not even have. I think it's been removed). SergeWoodzing (talk) 18:34, 20 June 2012 (UTC)
Mae West: Corrected Copy
I agree that Mae West's most famous quip is under-played. But that's not the worst lapse. Her work with W.C. Fields deserves attention. It was, after all, in her role opposite Fields that she made the quip.
More importantly, there needs to be some discussion of her involvement with the mob--which is beyond all doubt, since she talked about it openly.
I once saw a short Jet Magazine take on this, in which she was reported to have persuaded her mobster boyfriend to arrange for the great pugilist, Joe Louis, to have a shot at the Heavy Weight Championship title. (The mob controlled professional boxing then.) He did and Louis became the new Champ.
I was, at this time, an Assistant Editor and Staff Writer in the "Opinion Section" of The Los Angeles Times. So I got permission to follow this lead up.
The late Leonard Feather, Jazz Critics for the Times, worked in the "View Section". He arranged an appointment with West--on condition that I not bring a recorder.
West regaled me with the quip--and then confirmed the story without hesitation or equivocation. In the ensuing conversation (it wasn't really an interview), Mae West said, categorically, that she had dated a mobster.
When I started to press further on this subject, Novak, (who had been nearby, but not visible) rose and made his presence felt--putting on his coat as he entered the small hallway, near the entrance, where we were talking. West immediately changed the subject.
While we were talking, Gorilla Jones showed up and joined us. He was comfortable financially, West explained, proudly, because she had taught him how to manage his money when he was boxing. Jones, a brown-skinned man with very long arms, concurred.
I don't know anything about organized crime or Mae West, beyond what I've read and what l learned during my short visit with her. But I have long suspected (based on that encounter) that Novak didn’t just walk into Mae West's life: That he, possibly, was placed there, not only to look after her, but also to protect mob interests.
I had no background as a reporter, when I came to the Los Angeles Times. I'd been a freelance feature writer and an Associate Professor at Long Beach State University. So I lacked experience in this kind of assignment.
The upshot is that, I never wrote a story. I got so excited about being in Mae West’s company--and so engrossed the conversation--until I forgot to take notes!
41.220.68.56 (talk) 18:39, 1 January 2014 (UTC)
Unfortunately, this story (while interesting) cannot be used in the article about Miss West since it is unpublished. As an encyclopedia, Wikipedia relies on published reliable sources, so personal anecdotes or other similar materials cannot be used as source material. Shearonink (talk) 21:33, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

Paul Novak[edit]

His original name is misspelled in the wiki article, at least according to LA Times' own correction. See his obituary on this page http://articles.latimes.com/1999/jul/15/news/mn-56251— Preceding unsigned comment added by 173.169.26.68 (talkcontribs) 16:45, 3 February 2013‎(UTC)

Done. Thanks, Shearonink (talk) 17:33, 3 February 2013 (UTC)

Is that a good photo in our info box, or is everyone just happy to see it?[edit]

Do we really really really feel that the main portrait in the info box, where she was caught for once with a waning smile that looks like it was just dropping into a frown due to a bad smell, is representative of what most of us think she actually looked like when going strong? Just askin'. --SergeWoodzing (talk) 15:40, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Fixed --SergeWoodzing (talk) 19:36, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
Good work. -- Brangifer (talk) 20:06, 8 September 2014 (UTC)