Mae West

(1893-1980 / Bushwick, New York City, New York)

Mae West Quotes

  • ''Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can't figure out what from.''
    Mae West, U.S. screenwriter, W.C. Fields, and Edward Cline. Flower Belle Lee (Mae West), My Little Chickadee, in a smirking aside (1940).
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  • ''The bite of existence did not cut into one in Hollywood ....''
    Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. actor. Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It, ch. 13 (1959).
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  • ''I enjoyed the courtroom as just another stage—but not so amusing as Broadway.''
    Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. actor. Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It, ch. 7 (1959). The sexy stage and film performer was commenting on her 1926 New York City trial for writing and starring in an allegedly objectionable play, SEX. She was found guilty, sentenced to ten days in jail, and fined $500.
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  • ''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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  • ''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).
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  • ''There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out.''
    Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. screen actor. "Last Word," On Sex, Health and ESP (1975).
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  • ''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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  • ''I believe that it's better to be looked over than it is to be overlooked.''
    Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. screen actor. On Sex, Health and ESP, "Last Word," (1975). Mae West first said these words in the 1934 film Belle of the Nineties, scripted by her.
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
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