Mae West (August 17, 1893 - November 22, 1980) was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and sex symbol.
Famous for her bawdy double entendres, West made a name for herself in vaudeville and on the legitimate stage in New York before moving to Hollywood to conquer and make her unforgettable place among the great performers of the motion picture industry.
One of the most controversial stars of her day, West encountered many obstacles, including early censorship, but her indomitable spirit, coupled with an indefinable drive, made her persevere.
When her movie career ended, she continued to perform on stage, in Las Vegas, England, on radio and television, even recording a few Rock and Roll albums.
Even toward the end of her life, she was known for maintaining a surprisingly youthful appearance (see Cher, Tina Turner). She stated in her autobiography that she spent two hours every single day massaging cold cream into her breasts to keep them youthful. In her old age, she returned to the silver screen and starred in two final movies in the 1970s.