Mae West

American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and sex symbol Mae West

Mae West was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades. Known for her bawdy double entendres, West made a name for herself in Vaudeville and on the stage in New York before moving to Hollywood to become a comedienne, actress and writer in the motion picture industry.
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Mae West Vamps It At 83 Years Young - Village Voice (blog)
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30 2011 at 12:30 PM ​In this YouTube classic, a Mae West female impersonator--all done up in black with a mountain of blondeness on her head--vamps and scamps through "Frankie & Johnny" and "After You've Gone"--as a roomful of males practically orgasms
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See All the Red-Carpet Looks From the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards - New York Magazine
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We'll have to check the videotape, but we have a vague recollection that she tongued Mae West at the 1936 VMAs.) But the red carpet was notably restrained this year (many wore black, seemingly as a show of respect for the late Amy Winehouse),
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Crowds enjoy Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival - The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)
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Famous acts such as the Marx Brothers and Mae West performed here. Eventually the theatre moved to showing movies before closing its doors for good. Currently owned by Birmingham Landmarks, Inc., there is a fundraising effort underway to restore the
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Odysseus Is Parading Into Queens - New York Times
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Roosevelt Island, which is visible from the sculpture park, was once known as Welfare Island; it housed a women's prison, “and the two most famous inmates who spent some time there were Mae West and Billie Holiday, so we thought they would be fantastic
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On This Day in History: August 17 West of Brooklyn - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Her autobiography is entitled Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It. Mae West died in 1980 from complications following a stroke. Mae once wrote, “The Brooklyn I was born in, near the end of the 19th century, was still a city of churches, with their great
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Mae West Quotes - Screen Junkies
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Mae West quotes are as famous as the blonde bombshell actress herself. Born in New York on August 17, 1893, she lived to the advanced age of 87 before she passed away on November 22, 1980 in California. Mae West was a sex symbol who enjoyed and showed
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Edinburgh Festival show features piano man playing at the Pearly Gates - The List
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... that 'in heaven all the interesting people are missing', Crush believes The King of Bling would 'make [the afterlife] as fabulous and extravagant as his life was on earth' by partying with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland and Mae West
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Living Delightfully Scandalous - Huffington Post
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Think about it: Cleopatra, Mae West, Coco Chanel, Josephine Baker, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross, Cher, Madonna, Angelina Jolie. All are women who by living and loving (and dressing) on their own terms, often created controversy and concern among the
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She's still singing in the rain - Boston Globe
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My show is filled with songs, I do my impressions, like Barbra Streisand and Mae West, and I tell jokes. I do a lot of the old-time performers. I even do Jimmy Stewart and Liberace. I do people I've met. It's like going through my career
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School board summons wisdom of Mae West - Chicago Tribune
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School board members in West Chicago turned to an unlikely source — the late sex symbol Mae West — to provide them with some encouragement Tuesday night. A line from West, a flirtatious and curvaceous actress and entertainer from a showbiz era long
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Clinton Waller - Canton Daily Ledger
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He was born November 3, 1929 at Lewistown, the son of Clinton H. and Nellie Mae (West) Waller. He married Marilyn Meyer on October 11, 1948 at Havana. She survives. Also surviving is one son, John (Susie) Waller of Acworth, Ga.; one sister,
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Incentives and Debt in China - Global Economic Intersection
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(WC Fields' was supposed to have once called Mae West “a plumber's idea of Cleopatra”, and for some reason that story popped into my mind when I read the article.) It is a scenic jewel, a hamlet of hill-hugging chalets, elegant church spires and
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1980
    Age 86
    He soon moved in with her, and their romance continued until West's death in 1980 at age 87.
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    In August 1980, West tripped while getting out of bed.
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  • 1976
    Age 82
    In 1976, she appeared on Back Lot U.S.A. on CBS, where she was interviewed by Dick Cavett and sang "Frankie and Johnny" along with "After You've Gone."
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  • 1975
    Age 81
    In 1975, West released her book Sex, Health, and ESP (William Allen & Sons, publisher), and Pleasure Man (Dell publishers) based on her 1928 play of the same name.
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  • 1971
    Age 77
    Mae West's counterculture appeal included the young and hip, and by 1971, the student body of UCLA voted Mae West "Woman of the Century" in honor of her relevance as a pioneering advocate of sexual frankness and courageous crusader against censorship.
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  • 1969
    Age 75
    The April 18, 1969, issue of Life featured West at age 75, with images by child star, actor, and professional photographer Roddy McDowall.
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  • 1965
    Age 71
    In 1965, she recorded two songs, "Am I Too Young" and "He's Good For Me" for a 45 rpm record released by Plaza Records.
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  • 1964
    Age 70
    In 1964, she made a guest appearance on the sitcom Mister Ed..
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  • 1959
    Age 65
    West guest-starred on television, including "The Dean Martin Variety Show" in 1959 and The Red Skelton Show in 1960, to promote her autobiography, and a lengthy interview on Person To Person with Charles Collingwood, which was censored by CBS in 1959, and never aired.
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    In 1959, she released an autobiography, Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It, which became a best seller and was reprinted with a new chapter in 1970.
  • 1958
    Age 64
    In 1958, West appeared at the live televised Academy Awards and performed the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Rock Hudson, which brought a standing ovation.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1950
    Age 56
    When casting about for the role of Norma Desmond for the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder offered West the role.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1943
    Age 49
    After appearing in The Heat's On in 1943, West returned to a very active career on stage and swank clubs.
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  • 1942
    Age 48
    She obtained a legal divorce on July 21, 1942, during which Wallace withdrew his request for separate maintenance, and West testified that Wallace and she had lived together for only "several weeks". The final divorce decree was granted on May 7, 1943.
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  • 1937
    Age 43
    On December 12, 1937, West appeared in two separate sketches on ventriloquist Edgar Bergen's radio show The Chase and Sanborn Hour.
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    At first, West denied ever marrying Wallace, but she finally admitted in July 1937, in reply to a legal interrogatory, that they had been married.
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  • 1936
    Age 42
    That same year, 1936, West played opposite Randolph Scott in Go West, Young Man.
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  • 1935
    Age 41
    West kept the marriage a secret, but in 1935, after West had made several hit movies, a filing clerk discovered West's marriage certificate and alerted the press.
  • 1934
    Age 40
    On July 1, 1934, the censorship of the Production Code began to be seriously and meticulously enforced, and her screenplays were heavily edited.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1933
    Age 39
    By 1933, West was one of the largest box office draws in the United States and, by 1935, West was also the highest paid woman and the second-highest paid person in the United States (after William Randolph Hearst).
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  • 1932
    Age 38
    She made her film debut in 1932's Night After Night starring George Raft, who suggested her for the role, and helped secure her entry into film history.
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    In 1932, West was offered a motion picture contract by Paramount Pictures despite being close to 40.
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  • 1928
    Age 34
    Her 1928 play, Diamond Lil, about a racy, easygoing, and ultimately very smart lady of the 1890s, became a Broadway hit, and cemented West's image in the public's eye.
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  • 1927
    Age 33
    An affidavit in which she had declared herself married, which she made during the Sex trial in 1927, was also uncovered.
    She was taken to the Jefferson Market Court House, (now Jefferson Market Library), where she was prosecuted on morals charges, and on April 19, 1927, was sentenced to 10 days for "corrupting the morals of youth.
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  • 1926
    Age 32
    Eventually, she began writing her own risqué plays using the pen name Jane Mast. Her first starring role on Broadway was in a 1926 play she entitled Sex, which she wrote, produced, and directed.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1918
    Age 24
    In 1918, after exiting several high-profile revues, West finally got her break in the Shubert Brothers revue Sometime, opposite Ed Wynn.
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  • 1916
    Age 22
    West had a relationship with James Timony, an attorney 15 years her senior, in 1916, when she was a vaudeville actress.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1912
    Age 18
    In 1912, she appeared in the opening performance of A Winsome Widow as a "baby vamp" named La Petite Daffy.
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  • 1911
    Age 17
    West was married on April 11, 1911, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Frank Szatkus, whose stage name was Frank Wallace, a fellow vaudevillian whom she first met in 1909.
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    Her first appearance in a Broadway show was in a 1911 revue A La Broadway put on by her former dancing teacher, Ned Wayburn.
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  • 1907
    Age 13
    She began performing professionally in vaudeville in the Hal Clarendon Stock Company in 1907 at the age of 14.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1893
    Born
    West was born Mary Jane West in Bushwick, Brooklyn on August 17, 1893, having been delivered at home by an aunt who was a midwife.
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