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Mae West

Mae West
Publicity photo for Night After Night (1932)
Personal information
Birth nameMary Jane West
Birth dateAugust 17, 1893
Place of birthBushwick, New York, U.S.
Date of deathNovember 22, 1980(age 87)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, playwright, screenwriter, comedienne
Years active1907 1978
Height~ 5'0" (152 cm)
Weight~ 121 lbs (54 kg)
SpouseFrank Szatkus, stage name Frank Wallace
(1911 1942)
Guido Deiro
(1914 1920)
PartnerPaul Novak (1954 1980)

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Mae West (August 17, 1893 November 22, 1980) was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter and sex symbol.

Known for her bawdy double entendres, West made a name for herself in Vaudeville and on the stage in New York before moving to Hollywood to become a comedienne, actress and writer in the motion picture industry. In consideration of her contributions to American cinema, the American Film Institute named West 15th among the greatest female stars of all time. One of the more controversial movie stars of her day, West encountered many problems including censorship. When her cinematic career ended, she continued to perform on stage, in Las Vegas, in the United Kingdom, on radio and television, and recorded rock and roll albums. She used the alias Jane Mast early in her career.


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