(1892-1980) Brooklyn-born U.S. actress, comedienne, playwright
Mary Jane [Mae] West
Actress, comedienne, playwright
August 17, 1892, in Brooklyn, New York
Died: November 22, 1980
Other Mae West Sites
Sextette with Timothy Dalton
Mae West Works
Sex, 1926 Broadway play
The Drag, 1927 play
The Pleasure Man, 1927 play
Diamond Lil, 1928 Broadway play
Night After Night, 1932 movie
She Done Him Wrong, 1933 movie
I'm No Angel, 1933 movie
Belle of the Nineties, 1934 movie
It Ain't No Sin, 1934 movie
Goin' to Town, 1935 movie
Go West Young Man, 1936 movie
Klondike Annie, 1936 movie
Every Day's a Holiday, 1937 movie
My Little Chickadee, 1940 movie
The Heat's On, 1943 movie
Myra Breckinridge, 1970 movie
Sextette, 1978 movie
Mae West Photos
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A hard man is good to find.
A lady barber who made good.
A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women
will like him.
A man has one hundred dollars and you leave him with two dollars, that's
A man in love is like a clipped coupon — it's time to cash in.
A man in the house is worth two in the street.
A man's kiss is his signature.
A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until you put her
in hot water.
An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.
Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.
Man: Are you in town for good?
Between two evils I always pick the one I never tried before.
Woman: Chemistry's a wonderful thing.
Woman: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Man: Do you mind if I get personal?
Don't let a man put anything over on ya 'cept an umbrella.
Don't marry a man to reform him — that's what reform schools are for.
Everything's in the mind. That's where it all starts. Knowing what you want
is the first step toward getting it.
Give a man a free hand and he'll run it all over you.
Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.
Good sex is like good bridge. If you don't have a good partner, you'd better
have a good hand.
Woman: Goodness, what beatiful diamonds!
Cary Grant: Haven't you ever met a man who could make you happy?
Handle it with care. It's only my heart.
He who hesitates is a damned fool.
He who hesitates is last.
He's so crooked he uses a corkscrew for a ruler.
He's the kind of man a woman would have to marry to get rid of.
His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.
I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
Man: I don't suppose you believe in marriage, do you?
I feel like a million tonight. But one at a time.
I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.
I go for two kinds of men. The kind with muscles, and the kind without.
I have been on more laps than a napkin.
I like restraint, if it doesn't go too far.
I never loved another person the way I loved myself.
I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.
I only have "yes" men around me. Who needs "no" men?
I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.
I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
I wrote the story myself. It's about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.
If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning.
Man: I'll look after the cattle and the men for you.
I'll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.
Man: I'm crazy about you.
Man: I'm rich. I'll give you my ranch. Everything I own.
I'm the lady who works at Paramount all day, and Fox all night.
Is that a gun in your pocket? Or are you just glad to see me!
It ain't no sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don't break any.
It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
It takes two to get one in trouble.
It's hard to be funny when you have to be clean.
It's not the men in my life that count, it's the life in my men.
It's not what I do, but the way I do it. It's not what I say, but the way I say it.
Keep a diary and one day it'll keep you.
Judge: Let me remind you to look out for crooks.
Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache.
Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution yet.
Men are my life, diamonds are my career!
Judge: Miss West, are you trying to show contempt for this court?
More people saw me than saw Napoleon, Lincoln and Cleopatra. I was better
known than Einstein and Picasso. ... I changed the fashion of two continents. The
style of the Gay Nineties became the rage ... women were trying to walk and talk
like me. Women became more sex-conscious — sex was out in the open and fun.
Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and
the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.
Right now I think censorship is necessary; the things they're doing and saying in
films right now just shouldn't be allowed. There's no dignity anymore and I think
that's very important.
Sex is an emotion in motion.
She's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.
So many men, so little time.
Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I'm tired.
Serge the Russian: The men of my country go wild about women with yellow hair.
There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out.
They say love is blind...and marriage is an institution. Well, I'm not ready
for an institution for the blind just yet.
Cary Grant slaps cuffs on her.
Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.
To err is human — but it feels divine!
Too much of a good thing can be taxing.
Too much of a good thing is wonderful.
Virtue has its own reward, but no sale at the box office.
Mae West: We're intellectual opposites.
When a girl goes wrong — men go right after her.
When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never
When I'm good, I'm very good. But when I'm bad I'm better.
When it comes to finances, remember that there are no withholding taxes on the
wages of sin.
When women go wrong, men go right after them.
Why don't you come up and have a little ... scotch and sofa?
Why don't you come up and see me sometime?
Women are as old as they feel and men are old when they lose their feelings.
Women with pasts interest men... they hope history will repeat itself.
Ya know it was a toss-up whether I go in for diamonds or sing in the choir. The
Man: You ain't scared of me 'cause they say I'm a bad man?
Cary Grant: You bad girl ...
You can say what you like about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.
Mae West: You never heard of me cheatin' anyone, have ya?
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
You're never too old to become younger.
Man: You're the kind of woman I've dreamed about ... always desired. I'm wild about you.
Man: You've been awfully kind ... I'll never forget you.
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