The glamorous and iconic actress was born on this day in 1893
Celebrate the Fabulous Mae West Birthday with 20 stunning images of this Hollywood Sex Symbol and Icon
Mary Jane West was born on August 17, 1893 in New York, one of the first cinematic sex symbols, blonde bombshells and vamps, with an image she cultivated during over 7 decades and endures to this day, still glamorous and iconic as ever. Mae West remains one of the most popular actresses from Hollywood’s golden age, with her lighthearted bawdy double entendres and breezy sexual independence. She paved the way to classic movie star sex symbol as we know it, influencing icons such as Marilyn Monroe or Jane Mansfield, and was one of the more controversial movie stars of her day and coming across many problems, especially censorship. When her cinematic career ended, she wrote books and plays and continued to perform in Las Vegas, in the United Kingdom, on radio and television and to record rock and roll albums. She was once asked about the various efforts to impede her career, to which she replied: “I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.” We’ve gathered 20 stunning pictures of this Hollywood icon, that passed away on November 22, 1980 aged 87.
By Ken Warren, 2017/18
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