The Amazing Mae West – Photos

Mae West (1893-1980)  American actress, singer, 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.

In consideration of her contributions to American cinema, the American Film Institute named West 15th among the greatest female stars of all time. One of the more controversial movie stars of her day, West encountered many problems, including censorship. When her cinematic career ended, she 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.

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Mae West

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Mae West in She Done Him Wrong (1933)

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Mae West in I’m No Angel (1933)

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Mae West  in I’m No Angel (1933)

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Publicity portrait of Mae West, 1936

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“Mae West will break up her celebrated collection of diamonds, estimated to be worth half a million dollars, and turn over a selection of them to the War Production Board for use in precision instruments and cutting drills in defense factories.” June, 1943

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