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It is no wonder this dynamite diva was from the place known for producing princesses- New York.
The Brooklyn born beauty, Mae West, was was first born as Mary Jane West on August 17,1893. She had always loved acting growing up but growing up in the twenties was very confining. Not for Mae West.
Mae West took advantage of the roaring twenties and the conservative stance on what women should do and be and how they should act – she named her first play “Sex.”
For pushing the envelope (Something West would become famous for), West was arrested and slapped with a morals charge. Nothing stopped West. Any publicity is good publicity- she went on to become a super successful Broadway star making her name known.
It wasn’t long before she caught the eye of movie producers. She starred in ” I’m No Angel” and ” She Done Him Wrong,” saving Paramount pictures from bankruptcy and silencing the conservative critics who had tried to censor her.
Mae West died on November 23,1980. As Mae West left the world, she left behind a legacy and a lesson. After many years of successful plays, movies and even a stage show in Las Vegas, West made the once-censored subject of sex, popular, sensational and most importantly acceptable.
Mae West Quotes:
“A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.”
“ A man in the house is worth two in the street.”
“ All discarded lovers should be given a second change, but with somebody else.”
“A man’s kiss is his signature.”
“A man has one hundred dollars and you leave him with two dollars, that’s subtraction.”
“Don’t keep a man guessing too long – he’s sure to find the answer somewhere else.”
“ Don’t marry a man to reform him- that’s what reform schools are for.”
“ Cultivate your curves- they may be dangerous but they won’t be avoided.”