History Creator / MaeWest

25th Feb '17 8:14:54 AM DoctorCooper
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* EternalSexualFreedom



* IWasQuiteALooker: Became an example of this later in life, although she tried and failed to deny it.
* MsFanservice

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* IWasQuiteALooker: Became an example of this later in life, although she tried and failed to deny it.
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%%* MsFanservice
15th Jan '17 2:50:42 PM Kitchen90
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Mae West (1893-1980) was one of the most iconic and unlikely sex symbols of the early 20th century. Famous for her hourglass figure, sensual voice and cheeky DoubleEntendre she also became one of the most controversial film actors of all time.

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Mae West (1893-1980) (August 17th 1893 -- November 22nd 1980) was one of the most iconic and unlikely sex symbols of the early 20th century. Famous for her hourglass figure, sensual voice and cheeky DoubleEntendre she also became one of the most controversial film actors of all time.
23rd Aug '16 8:23:18 AM Theriocephalus
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Starting off - like most stars in her time- in vaudeville she rapidly became notorious for her sexually risqué singing style. Her Broadway play, ''Sex'' (1927), caused so much scandal that the police arrested her and the entire cast. She barely spent a few days in jail while the press elevated her to national fame. Her next play, ''The Drag'' (1928) was never staged because the Society for the Prevention of Vice took offense of its homosexual themes.

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Starting off - -- like most stars in her time- time -- in vaudeville vaudeville, she rapidly became notorious for her sexually risqué singing style. Her Broadway play, ''Sex'' (1927), caused so much scandal that the police arrested her and the entire cast. She barely spent a few days in jail while the press elevated her to national fame. Her next play, ''The Drag'' (1928) was never staged because the Society for the Prevention of Vice took offense of its homosexual themes.
28th Jun '16 10:28:22 PM toongrrl1990
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By the time she became a movie star she was already 38 years old, but became an overnight success. Classic films like ''Night After Night'' (1932), ''Film/SheDoneHimWrong'' (1933), ''I'm No Angel'' (1933), ''Klondike Annie'' (1936) and ''My Little Chickadee'' (1940) featured West intimidating her co-actors with her witty and sexually risqué wisecracks and double entendres. She played the same part when appearing on radio shows. Creator/SalvadorDali designed a wood and satin sofa after her lips and during World War II Allied aircrew units called their life preserver jackets "Mae West", due to its resemblance to her bosom. She is even featured on the cover of Music/TheBeatles ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' album.

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By the time she became a movie star she was already 38 years old, but became an overnight success. Classic films like ''Night After Night'' (1932), ''Film/SheDoneHimWrong'' (1933), ''I'm No Angel'' (1933), ''Klondike Annie'' (1936) and ''My Little Chickadee'' (1940) featured West intimidating her co-actors with her witty and sexually risqué wisecracks and double entendres. She played the same part when appearing on radio shows. Creator/SalvadorDali designed a wood and satin sofa after her lips and during World War II Allied aircrew units called their life preserver jackets "Mae West", due to its resemblance to her bosom. Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaperelli formed the bottle for her perfume, "Shocking", after Mae's curvaceous dress form; a reference to her own reaction at seeing the form after it was delivered for custom dressmaking. She is even featured on the cover of Music/TheBeatles ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' album.
13th Jun '15 4:03:10 AM megarotic
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Added DiffLines:

* ICanChangeMyBeloved: Mae was not fond of this trope. As she put it, "Don't marry a man to reform him. That's what reform schools are for."
26th Mar '15 1:04:51 AM Elusivehawk
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--> ''"When I'm good, I'm good. When I'm bad, I'm better."''

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--> -> ''"When I'm good, I'm good. When I'm bad, I'm better."''
12th Nov '14 6:42:56 PM DragonQuestZ
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[[quoteright:338:[[PrettyInMink http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mae_portrait_995.jpg]]]]

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[[quoteright:338:[[PrettyInMink http://static.[[quoteright:338:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mae_portrait_995.jpg]]]]jpg]]



* PrettyInMink: She loved wearing furs in her films and real life -- see the page image -- and bought a white rabbit cape, and muff with her first paycheck from stage work.

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* PrettyInMink: She loved wearing furs (see the image above) in her films and real life -- see the page image -- and life. She bought a white rabbit cape, and muff with her first paycheck from stage work.work. She also wore a couple dresses in her films with thick fur hems (which were in styles where heavy hems were not that easy to walk around in).



* ThatsWhatSheSaid: [[SincerityMode It is, actually]].

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* ThatsWhatSheSaid: [[SincerityMode It is, actually]].Her jokes were often forms of this.
3rd Oct '14 1:02:43 PM MasterTMO
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* TheRival: To Jayne Mansfield in later years.

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* TheRival: To [[Creator/JayneMansfield Jayne Mansfield Mansfield]] in later years.
30th Sep '14 5:48:05 PM Eegah
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* DuelingStarsMovie: Creator/WCFields and Mae West were co-stars in ''My Little Chickadee'' (1941).

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* DuelingStarsMovie: Creator/WCFields and Mae West were co-stars in ''My Little Chickadee'' (1941). We can only sigh at two such notoriously filthy comedians only being able to work together in an era where their material had to be severely curtailed on film.
26th Jul '14 2:23:24 AM Patachou
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* BadassBoast: Most of what she said, including the quote on top of this page.



* CoolOldLady: Mae was already in her forties when her movie career took off. Even in old age she was still very sexually active and kept totally self-confident and witty about herself.



* ReallyGetsAround: Her characters were known for this.

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* ReallyGetsAround: Her characters were known for this. But she herself was also very much sexually active even at old age.
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