Friday, August 17, 2012
August 17 is the birthdate of actress, writer and sex symbol, Mae West. On Broadway, she wrote and starred in a play she titled “Sex” (1926), which, though highly successful, landed her in a workhouse on morals charges; she promptly dined with the warden and his wife. West made her first movie, “Night After Night” (1932), at age 38, and was allowed to rewrite her lines. Thus, in her first scene: Hat check girl to Mae, “Goodness, what beautiful diamonds!” Mae to hat check girl, “Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie.” By 1935, West was the highest-paid person in the United States after William Randolph Hearst. Pictured: with Cary Grant in "I'm No Angel" (1933).