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August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980; Matilda "Mae" West was born in Brooklyn, NY to John Patrick West, a prize fighter, and Matilda Doelger, a fashion model. She was first discovered in the 30s and began a meteoric rise to Hollywood stardom. Although, by then, she was considered rather old for her parts, West's sex appeal won over any doubters. Originally, Mae served as a garment worker as her parents did not approve of her designs to be an actress. However, after not too long, West began working as a fashion model, keeping her eye on the silver screen. Finally, in 1918, her hard work paid off and she was selected to star in "Sometime" where she performed the shimmy. After that, she took on the pen name "Jane Mast" to write her own risqué revues. A Broadway play called "Sex" brought her the first real starring role of her career. She wrote it herself and also produced and directed. Although critics panned it, audiences continued to show up. Then, in 1932, after a tumultuous career on the stage, Paramount signed her and she was on to Hollywood. In terms of their sexual content and prominent roles for women, her career in the 30s was groundbreaking. Her films during this time included "She Done Him Wrong" and "Night After Night." The former broke every box office record of the time. After controversies involving censorship, Mae would leave Hollywood with nine movies to her name, five of which she held writing credits from. She wouldn't return to the big screen until the 70s, after decades spent writing and starring in stage productions. Her last film was released in 1978. Mae West passed away two years later.

I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.
Mae West

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
Mae West

I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a
diamond.
Mae West

I'm a woman of very few words, but lots of action.
Mae West

Ladies who play with fire must remember that smoke gets in their eyes.
Mae West

Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?
Mae West

It's not the men in my life that count, it's the life in my men.
Mae West

I'll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.
Mae West

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Mae West

Cultivate your curves - they may be dangerous but they won't be avoided.
Mae West

When I'm good, I'm very good. But when I'm bad, I'm better.
Mae West

Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.
Mae West

You can do what you want, but saving love doesn't bring any interest.
Mae West

Good sex is like good bridge. If you don't have a good partner, you'd better have a good hand.
Mae West

When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.
Mae West

Sex is an emotion in motion.
Mae West

- For a long time I was ashamed of the way I lived.
- Did you reform?
- No, I'm not ashamed any more.
Mae West

I climbed the ladder of success, wrong by wrong.
Mae West

Men are like cigars, If you don't attend to them, they go out.
Mae West

How do I know so much about men? Baby, I went to night school.
Mae West

There are no good girls gone wrong - just bad girls found out.
Mae West

I'm a one-man woman. One man at a time.
Mae West

When women go wrong, men go right after them.
Mae West

All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.
Mae West

I feel like a million tonight - but one at a time.
Mae West

I consider sex a misdemeanor; the more I miss, de meaner I get.
Mae West

I wrote the story myself. It's about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.
Mae West

I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
Mae West

Diamonds is my career.
Mae West

If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning.
Mae West

There are two things in life I like hard and one of them is eggs.
Mae West

When you got the personality, you don't need the nudity.
Mae West

I'm no model lady. A model's just an imitation of the real thing.
Mae West

He who hesitates is a damned fool.
Mae West

I was once so poor I didn't know where my next husband was coming from.
Mae West

Let's forget about the six feet and talk about the seven inches.
Mae West

Virtue has its own reward, but no box office.
Mae West

I am single because I was born that way.
Mae West

Don't cry for man who's left you - the next one may fall for your smile.
Mae West

Everything's in the mind. That's where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step
toward getting it.
Mae West

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
Mae West

I've been in more laps than a napkin.
Mae West

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