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* [[FairForItsDay Fair For Her Day]]: She supported gay rights in ''[[TheRoaringTwenties the 1920s]]''



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%%* MsFanservice* MsFanservice: One of the most famous examples in the 20th century. In fact, she starred in the controversial Broadway play ''Sex'' which is about her character doing very sexual stuff as the title implies.


-> ''"When I'm good, I'm good. When I'm bad, I'm better."''

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-> ''"When I'm good, I'm very good. When But when I'm bad, I'm better."''


Not to be confused with Creator/DebiMaeWest.

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Not to be confused with Creator/DebiMaeWest.
Debi Mae West.



* OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe: ''"Is that a pistol in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?"'', supposedly said by Mae West at the railway station in Los Angeles upon her return from Chicago, when a Los Angeles police officer was assigned to escort her home in 1936. She delivered the line on film to George Hamilton in her last movie, ''{{Sextette}}'' (1978).

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* OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe: ''"Is that a pistol in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?"'', supposedly said by Mae West at the railway station in Los Angeles upon her return from Chicago, when a Los Angeles police officer was assigned to escort her home in 1936. She delivered the line on film to George Hamilton in her last movie, ''{{Sextette}}'' ''{{Film/Sextette}}'' (1978).


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: She made a career out of this (see her quote on "NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity") at a time when people thought the movies were too indecent and the stars were vice-ridden (not much has changed and it might be a shock to no one, but try to look at it through the POV of someone who lived during that time). Her stage shows were far more explicit (one was even bluntly named ''Sex'') and she later admitted having to be more subtle made her material much funnier.

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%% * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: She made a career out of GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to overwhelming and persistent misuse, GCPTR is on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you are reading this (see her quote on "NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity") at a time when people thought in the movies were too indecent and future, please check the stars were vice-ridden (not much has changed and it might be a shock trope page to no one, but try to look at it through make sure your example fits the POV of someone who lived during that time). Her stage shows were far more explicit (one was even bluntly named ''Sex'') and she later admitted having to be more subtle made her material much funnier.current definition.


* NiceGirl: according to Polly Stenham (a report who knew her) she was "compassionate as well as funny"

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* NiceGirl: according to Polly Stenham (a report reporter who knew her) she was "compassionate as well as funny"


Mae West (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.

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Mae West (August 17th 17, 1893 -- November 22nd 22, 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.


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.


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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 inflatable 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.


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* NiceGirl: according to Polly Stenham (a report who knew her) she was "compassionate as well as funny"


* CatchPhrase: "Why don't you come up some time and see me?", which is actually a MemeticMutation.

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* CatchPhrase: "Why don't you come up some time and see me?", which is actually a MemeticMutation. The line's fame grew to eclipse who it was being delivered to (West's arguably more-famous costar Creator/CaryGrant) as well as its stinging second half: "Come on Wednesday; that's amateur night."


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: She made a career out of this (see her quote on "NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity") at a time when people thought the movies were too indecent and the stars were vice-ridden (not much has changed and it might be a shock to no one, but try to look at it through the POV of someone who lived during that time).

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: She made a career out of this (see her quote on "NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity") at a time when people thought the movies were too indecent and the stars were vice-ridden (not much has changed and it might be a shock to no one, but try to look at it through the POV of someone who lived during that time). Her stage shows were far more explicit (one was even bluntly named ''Sex'') and she later admitted having to be more subtle made her material much funnier.

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She was a talented writer, who wrote her own Broadway plays as well as the screenplays to most of her movies.


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* DumbBlonde: averted. She was quite witty and engaging.

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* DumbBlonde: averted.Averted. She was quite witty and engaging.

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* GoKartingWithBowser: She was once arrested on obscenity charges and spend 10 days in jail. She proved so charming she [[RefugeInAudacity ended up having dinner with the warden]].

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