Mae West: Come Up And See Me Sometime!

By | February 13, 2019

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1932: Dressed in a sequined gown, Mae West (1893 - 1980) lounges with a cigarette in her first screen role as Maudie in 'Night After Night', directed by Archie Mayo. Source: (Photo by Irving Lippman/John Kobal Foundation/Getty Image)

The Early Years

Mae West was born in New York City in 1893. She began performing on Broadway in a stock company. She met Frank Wallace and became part of his vaudeville act. She ended up marrying Frank when she was only seventeen years old. She kept this marriage a secret for several years and claimed that she and Frank never lived together as husband and wife. She divorced him in 1920.

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Actress Mae West. Source: (

Mae West: The Writer

In the early twenties, Mae West was writing, producing, and starring in her own plays on Broadway! The first play, ‘Sex’ she played a prostitute and was a sensation! This also landed her in jail for a week for corruption. When she was released from jail, she was a national figure. Her next few plays were equally as successful. The overriding theme of her plays was the ridicule of social attitudes, especially about sex.