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As Mae West Said........

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  9. 9. Mae West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and sex symbol.<br />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. One of the more controversial stars of her day, West encountered many problems including censorship.<br />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.<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Mae West remains notable for a large number of quips, some firmly tied to herself and her characters, and others widely borrowed for very different settings. A famous Mae West quip was &quot;Is that a pistol in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?&quot; She made this remark in February 1936, at the railway station in Los Angeles upon her return from Chicago, when a Los Angeles police officer was assigned to escort her home. She first delivered the line on film in She Done Him Wrong, and again to George Hamilton in her last movie,Sextette (1978).<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Likewise, &quot;When I&apos;m good, I&apos;m very good. When I&apos;m bad, I&apos;m better&quot;, from I&apos;m No Angel, is generally quoted with its original, faintly disreputable meaning. Conversely, however, some quips have been widely adapted to very different settings and meanings. For example, &quot;Too much of a good thing can be wonderful&quot; has been applied to many settings, including Warren Buffett (as a sound principle of informed financial investing)<br />11<br />
  12. 12. The anonymous sleeve notes accompanying her 1955 Decca album The Fabulous Mae West feature some of her quips, as follows: &apos;No lesser authority than the [un-named] drama critic of the &quot;New York Post&quot; said that Mae West had added as many familiar quotations to the [English] language as a work of Shakespeare. She has coined and or popularized such phrases as &quot;It&apos;s not the men in my life that count, it&apos;s the life in my men&quot;; &quot;The man I don&apos;t like doesn&apos;t exist&quot;; &quot;There are no withholding taxes on the wages of sin&quot;; &quot;A man has more character in his face at 30 than at 20 - he has suffered longer&quot;; &quot;Opportunity knocks for every man, but you have to give a woman a ring&quot;; &quot;Beulah, peel me a grape&quot; and, of course, the invitation that practically became a trademark &quot;Come up&apos;n see me sometime&quot;. <br />12<br />
  13. 13. In August 1980, West tripped while getting out of bed. After the fall, West was unable to speak and was taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles where tests revealed that she had suffered a stroke. She remained in the hospital where, seven days later, she had a diabetic reaction to the formula in her feeding tube. On September 18, she suffered a second stroke which left her right side paralyzed and developed pneumonia. By November, West&apos;s condition had improved, but the prognosis was not good and she was sent home.<br />She died there on November 22, 1980, at age 87<br />13<br />
  14. 14. Her name has wedged itself firmly into the dictionary. It has entered our vocabulary as a synonym for a dependable life-preserver&apos;.<br />For her contribution to the film industry, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street in Hollywood.<br />14<br />
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  17. 17. The Mae West room at the Dali museum <br />17<br />
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  19. 19. The Mae West Lips Sofa designed by Dalí in 1937 on display at the Surrealism and Design Exhibition at the museum Boymans in Rotterdam in 2007<br />19<br />
  20. 20. Salvador Dalí. Mae West&apos;s Lips Sofa. 1936-7<br />20<br />
  21. 21. Mae West tattoo done on upper side of thigh<br />21<br />
  22. 22. Trinity<br />22<br />7/29/2009<br />