(August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980)
American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades.
Known for her lighthearted bawdy double entendres, and breezy sexual independence, West made a name for herself in vaudeville and on the stage in New York City before moving to Hollywood to become a comedian, actress, and writer in the motion picture industry, as well as on radio and television.
For her contributions to American cinema, the American Film Institute named West 15th among the greatest female stars of classic American cinema.
One of the more controversial movie stars of her day, West encountered many problems, especially censorship. She bucked the system, making comedy out of prudish conventional mores, and the Depression Era audience admired her for it. When her cinematic career ended, she wrote books, plays, and continued to perform in Las Vegas, in the United Kingdom, and on radio and television, and to record rock and roll albums. Asked about the various efforts to impede her career, West replied: "I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it." While true, she also suffered greatly because of it, even going to prison for her right to freedom of speech.
They were warned not to show up for the matinee the following day, but all of them went on anyway. Lieutenant James Coy raced down the aisle.
MAE WEST BIRTHDAY TEA SALON
tea & cake will be served
RELAX & HAVE A NICE CUPPA
VIEW ROMANTIC/SEXY ART
CHAT WITH FELLOW ART PATRONS
SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MAE WEST
TAKE A LOAD OFF YOUR SLING-BACKS
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
“There are no good girls gone wrong - just bad girls found out.” ―
“I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.” ―
“Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can't figure out what from.” ―
“I wrote the story myself. It's about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.” ―
“Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.” ―
“Good sex is like good bridge. If you don't have a good partner, you'd better have a good hand.” ―
“I'll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.” ―
“I'm single because I was born that way.” ―
“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.” ―
“I'm no model lady. A model's just an imitation of the real thing.” ―
“Ladies who play with fire must remember that smoke gets in their eyes.” ―
“A dame that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up.” ―
“Marriage is a fine institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.” ―
“All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.” ―
“Sex is an emotion in motion.” ―
“Cultivate your curves - they may be dangerous but they won't be avoided.” ―
“I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it.” ―
“Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.” ―
“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!” ―
“It is better to be looked over than overlooked.” ―
“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.” ―
“Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.” ―
“Love thy neighbor -- and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier.” ―