Mae West

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Mary Jane West, 17 August 1892 (1893 is sometimes cited), Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 22 November 1980, Los Angeles, California, USA. On stage from the age of five, West was billed as ‘The Baby Vamp’. She appeared in Broadway revues and plays such as Á La Broadway and Vera Violetta (both 1911), Sometime (1918), and The Mimic World (1921). She wrote and appeared in Sex (1927), which was closed by the police and led to West spending 10 days in jail on obscenity charges. Prudently staged out of town was Drag (1927), about homosexuals. Next came The Wicked Age, Diamond Lil and Pleasure Man (all 1928), and The Constant Sinner (1931). West then headed for Hollywood where she co-wrote films such as Night After Night (1932), She Done Him Wrong (1933), based on her Diamond Lil and featuring Cary Grant, of whom West famously inquired, ‘Why don’t you come up some time and see me?’. Grant was also in I’m No Angel (1933),...

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