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Quotations From MAE WEST

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  • 21.
    Any time you've got nothing to do—and lots of time to do it—come on up.
    Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Flower Belle Lee (Mae West), My Little Chickadee, to a would-be conquest (1940).

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  • 22.
    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.
    Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. screen actor. Quoted in David Ray Johnson, On Sex, Health and ESP, ch. 2, appendix to "Biographical Study," (1975).

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  • 23.
    I always say, keep a diary and someday it'll keep you.
    Mae West, U.S. actor, screenwriter, and A. Edward Sutherland. Peaches O'Day (Mae West), Every Day's a Holiday, on the art of diary-keeping (1937).
  • 24.
    It ain't no sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don't break any.
    Mae West, U.S. actor, screenwriter, and A. Edward Sutherland. Peaches O'Day (Mae West), Every Day's a Holiday, on the law (1937).
  • 25.
    When it comes to finances, remember that there are no withholding taxes on the wages of sin.
    Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. screen actor. "Last Word," On Sex, Health and E.S.P. (1975).

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  • 26.
    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.
    Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. actor. interview in Take One (Quebec, Jan. 22, 1974).
  • 27.
    Personality is the most important thing to an actress's success.
    Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. actor. Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It, ch. 1 (1959). West was a flamboyant stage and screen actor known for her witty, audacious portrayals of sexually experienced women.

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