Mae West: And The Men Who Knew Her | The Hollywood Collection

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Mae West appears on sleeve of The Beatles “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. West at first declined to be pictured on the cover (“What would I be doing in a lonely hearts club?!”), but reconsidered when The Beatles sent her a handwritten personal request.

Playwright, screenwriter, singer, and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned over seven decades. She was known for her breezy sexual independence, and her lighthearted bawdy double entendres, often delivered in a husky contralto voice. Wikipedia

Mae West, original name Mary Jane West, (born August 17, 1893, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.—died November 22, 1980, Los Angeles, California), American stage and film actress, a sex symbol whose frank sensuality, languid postures, and blasé wisecracking became her trademarks.

Hollywood’s outrageous, self-proclaimed psychic Criswell predicted in 1955 that West would win the 1960 Presidential election, and would fly to the moon in 1965 with him and a friend Liberace.

According to Tony Curtis, her famous walk originated while beginning her career as a stage actress. Special six-inch platforms were attached to her shoes to increase the height of her stage presence. Her walk literally was “one foot at a time”.

Former Beatle Ringo Starr appeared with West in Sextette (1977). He was unpleasantly surprised at first, at all the attention given her on the set (usually reserved for pop stars like The Beatles), but came to admire West during the shoot, and praised her afterwards.

She always wrote her plays and also the script for her first film. Mae West published two novels, penned the lyrics for several songs composed by Ralph Rainger for her movie ‘She Done Him Wrong .’ In her spare time, she did sketches and material for other performers.

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