Mae West was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades. She was known for her lighthearted, bawdy double entendres and breezy sexual independence, and often used a husky contralto voice. She was active in vaudeville and on stage in New York City before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the film industry. West was one of the most controversial movie stars of her day; she encountered many problems, especially censorship. She once quipped, "I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it." She bucked the system by making comedy out of conventional mores, and the Depression-era audience admired her for it. When her film career ended, she wrote books and plays, and continued to perform in Las Vegas and the United Kingdom, on radio and television, and recorded rock 'n roll albums.
|Born:||Mary Jane West, August 17, 1893, Kings County, New York, U.S.|
|Died:||November 22, 1980, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Occupation:||Actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian|
|Partner(s):||Paul Novak, (1954–80)|
|IMDb:||Mae West's IMDb|
About Mae West
Actress, singer, and Hollywood sex symbol whose career spanned seven decades. Her notable films include I'm No Angel, You Done Me Wrong, and Go West, Young Man. In 1999, the American Film Institute placed her 15th on their list of the greatest female film stars of all time.
She began her acting career as a child star in vaudeville productions.
Though she is best remembered as an actress, she also had a career as a playwright and screenwriter. The plays she wrote in the 1920s and '30s include The Ruby Ring, Frisco Kate and Clean Beds.
Her mother, Matilda Doegler, was a fashion model. West married once, to Frank Szatkus from 1911 to 1942. The couple never lived together, and West had several affairs while legally married. Her longest relationship was with Chester Rybinski, 30 years her junior, who lived with her from 1954 until her death in 1980.
She starred opposite Cary Grant in the 1933 film She Done Him Wrong.
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