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Mae West's gay toady died tragically 50 years ago...or was it murder?

Friends say he ran his dicklicker to the wrong person and paid the price.

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by Anonymousreply 22November 19, 2023 10:13 PM

I want that mural!

by Anonymousreply 1June 21, 2022 11:40 AM

So did Mae really have a dick?

by Anonymousreply 2June 21, 2022 11:45 AM

R2 No

by Anonymousreply 3June 21, 2022 11:54 AM

Weird story...and kind of a weird article...

by Anonymousreply 4June 21, 2022 12:04 PM

That article was a lot of nothing. Needed more Mae West and her musclemen photos.

by Anonymousreply 5June 21, 2022 12:14 PM

who was the "young actor" who died in 2013?

by Anonymousreply 6June 21, 2022 12:18 PM

I was also about to mention it was a long article about not much.

by Anonymousreply 7June 21, 2022 12:23 PM

R6 Yes, I had the same question.

by Anonymousreply 8June 21, 2022 12:29 PM

Interesting story. I love the detailed mentions of all the old L.A. haunts.

by Anonymousreply 9June 21, 2022 12:30 PM

I'd rather hear more about that Novak guy. That queen probably saw all kinds of interesting or at least odd stuff.

by Anonymousreply 10June 21, 2022 12:37 PM

Novak was straight. West's longtime fuck. Not bright, but intensely loyal.

The story of her last movie Sextette is a bizarre story in itself. The rumour was it was the birthday gift of one of the producers (who allegedly put up a million bucks of his own inherited fortune) for his boyfriend. And then After Dark, the fabulous gay-but-not-gay magazine devoted an issue to giving West its silver cup trophy, so she rocked up to the event, with two elderly bodybuilders on both arms. They descreetly lifted her so she glided!!!! Because she was mostly deaf by this stage and had trouble remembering her lines, while filming Sextette they wired her to deliver the lines in her ears. Except it once got crossed with the police radio. And she came out with "Traffic is banked up along Santa Monica Boulevard..." Apparently she went up to one of the grips on the film and said: "See this leg? It's Christmas. See this other leg? It's New Year. Come up and see me between the holidays..."

by Anonymousreply 11June 21, 2022 1:19 PM

Oh, and there's a shocking story about Novak. He looked after West for a zillion years with absolute devotion. And was left nothing in the will. Nothing! It was profoundly shocking even for those who knew Mae was intensely narcissitic and thought only of herself. Fortunately people rallied round, and I think he was taken care of, including by the benefactors. But it's one of the more shocking stories of star selfishness.

by Anonymousreply 12June 21, 2022 1:23 PM


by Anonymousreply 13June 21, 2022 1:31 PM

There’s a fascinating audio recording of West posing as her sister (and ‘assistant’) on the phone with a freelance press photographer, as she tries to acquire the negative of an unflattering photograph of her at an event that appeared in print. Probably from this same era. Her obsession with her image at her very old age was huge. The comparisons to SUNSET BOULEVARD are apt!

by Anonymousreply 14June 21, 2022 1:42 PM

R14 I remember that. It was on one of those Celebrities At Their Worst! compilation CDs from the 90’s. I can’t seem to find that Mae one online.

by Anonymousreply 15June 21, 2022 1:43 PM

Oh that sounds fun. Here's the CD.

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by Anonymousreply 16June 21, 2022 1:46 PM

R12 but the story is Mae West never changed her will, she did want to in her final years so it would benefit Novak, but somehow Novak was not keen on these things he never brought the lawyer home, that's how he was left nothing in her (old) will.

by Anonymousreply 17June 21, 2022 1:58 PM

[quote] A dignified man of principle and loyalty, Novak was stunned by her death, although it could not have come as a surprise to him. Ever the realist, West in her last years continually asked Novak to line up an attorney so she could change her will in his favor, but he procrastinated. “I always said to her, ‘Now, now, dear, there’s plenty of time to do that,’ ” he once said. “I guess I thought she would live forever.”...

It was mentioned in Novak's obituary.

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by Anonymousreply 18June 21, 2022 2:07 PM

This guy died in August 2013 from cancer. Seems to be about the right age bracket too.

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by Anonymousreply 19June 21, 2022 2:33 PM

i'm disappointed. I thought the story would end with Mae West killing him after realizing he was a psychotic fan like Annie Wilkes and not just an admiring one.

by Anonymousreply 20June 21, 2022 2:38 PM

Had brunch with someone who insisted Mae was a man born Myron and that Mae/Myron's long term lover was a gay man. Eh, guess not. That was a very steamy letter from a 30 something year old to 67 year old Mae!

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by Anonymousreply 21November 19, 2023 9:53 PM

Wait, monkeys?

by Anonymousreply 22November 19, 2023 10:13 PM
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