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born 1893

Rising to fame after age 30, Mae West defied Hollywood's obsession with youth to become one of the sassiest and best known entertainers of all time. An actress, screenwriter and sex symbol, Mae would go on to have a 7-decade-long career that spanned multiple stage + screen genres.

Mae was a controversial star, often {narrowly} circumventing the studio censors. She not only actively fought censorship but also sexual discrimination ~ in a day when it was rare for a female celebrity to take such a stance. Labeled many things throughout her life, Mae never wavered in her quote-worthy convictions.

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her quotes

all quotes by Mae West (11)

"Listen, when women go wrong, men go right after them."

She Done Him Wrong | february 1933

"I wasn't always rich ... there was a time I didn't know where my next husband was coming from."

She Done Him Wrong | february 1933

"It's not the men in my life that counts—it's the life in my men."

I'm No Angel | october 1933

"When I'm good I'm very good. But when I'm bad I'm better."

I'm No Angel | october 1933

"I wrote the story...myself. It’s all about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it."

to Hollywood censor board | 1934

"Is that a gun in your pocket or are you happy to see me?"

to a police escourt | 1936

"Celebratin’ today! Tomorrow! Every day! ’Cause every day’s a holiday."

Every Day's a Holiday | december 1937

"I've found too much of a good thing can be wonderful."

Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It | 1959

"I have always been too busy with my own affairs to be envious of anyone."

Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It | 1959

"I ain't afraid of pushin' grammar around so long as it sounds good."

Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It | 1959

"Really, I've been good this whole year. So, Santa darling, please be a dear ~ and put the loot in the boot, Big Daddy!"

Put the Loot in the Boot | 1966
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curated with care by Angela Willard {september 2014}