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Mae West

Mae West Mae West was born on August 17, 1893 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. She was an American actress, playwright and screenwriter.

Biography and Career

Mae West was born on August 17, 1893 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York and she was an American actress, playwright and screenwriter. She is known for her bawdy double entendres, she 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.

One of the more controversial movie stars of her day she 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.

Her father was a prizefighter known as Battlin' Jack West who later worked as a special policeman and then as a private investigator who ran his own agency. Her mother was a former corset and fashion model.

The family was Protestant, although her mother was reported as a Jewish immigrant from Bavaria. By some accounts, West's paternal grandfather, John Edwin may have been an African American who passed for white.

Her siblings were Mildred Katherine West and John Edwin West. During her childhood her family moved to various parts of Woodhaven, Queens as well as Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn. She may have attended Erasmus Hall High School.

She was married on April 11, 1911 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Frank Szatkus, a fellow vaudevillian whom she met in 1909. She was 17 and he was 21. She kept the marriage a secret. But in 1935, after she had made several hit movies, a filing clerk discovered her marriage certificate and alerted the press.

At first, she denied ever marrying Wallace but finally admitted in July 1937 in reply to a legal interrogatory that they had been married.

Even though the marriage was a reality she never lived with Wallace as husband and wife. She may also have had another secret marriage. She died there on November 22, 1980, at age 87.

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Birth Name: Mary Jane West
Birth: August 17, 1893

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Hollywood Without Make-Up
The Love Goddesses
Myra Breckinridge
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Hollywood Outtakes
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Betty Boop: Queen of the Cartoons
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Junket Whore
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Boyz Up Unauthorized
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Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
Higglytown Heroes
Belle Of The Nineties
My Little Chickadee
The Secret Of Nimh 2: Timmy To The Rescue
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Category: Actresses  - ( Actresses Archive)

Date Added: 05 January '11

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