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The author of the book: Mae West
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Date of issue: January 14th 1959
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A fantastic first person narrative about the early part of Ms. West's career. Her signature one liners and frank conversation about her life are the stuff of legend. Her ability and willingness to take on the censorship of her early work is amazing. I really appreciated learning more about her vaudeville beginnings. Her comedy and sensitivity to her audience's appetites made her a success both on stage and behind the curtain.
But it's her open and candid treatment of taboo topics is what put her ahead of her time. Her inclusion of homosexuality in "The Drag", and "The Pleasure Man" made her sensational. Her constant ability to stay in the news made her a box office success. But her most compelling stories are of her intense and candid stories of her sex life. Often entertaining several boyfriends at one time, she had a healthy understanding of herself and society.
She was well read, funny, brash, and rowdy. But most of all she was misunderstood. (I can relate) If you think you know Mae West because you've seen a few movies and heard a few quotes, you should take the time to read her story in her own words.
The last chapter is a great overview of advice from the legend herself, it includes things like drinking plenty of water, getting the right amount of rest for you, eating well. She even talks about the right way to shampoo your hair. She stresses the importance of a full length mirror. She insists that you go to the dentist. Mae even recommends going to the bookstore or asking a Librarian about books to help with exercise! She recommends getting with the beat. "Live, Girl- all your life. Rock with the rock and roll with the roll." and to always avoid arguments. But my favorite section is on the joys of men over 40! "At 40, a good man has come of age. Usually a man is more fascinating at 40 than before."
Some of my favorite lines that I hadn't heard/read before-
"There is a man for every mood, if one can create just the right mood."
"Marriage is a fine institution, but I'm not ready for an institution."
"A woman should appreciate and respect a man's love for her, even when she finds she cannot return that love."
"The recurring pattern of multiple men in my life was already showing itself. I would start with one, and usually five or six more would put in an appearance. It's a satisfactory pattern. Getting down to your last man must be as bad as getting down to your last dollar."
"I have never asked for second chances. With me there is no, 'next time things will be different.' Things must be different the first time, or I'm through with it."
" I have always felt a gift diamond shines better than one you buy yourself."
"My personal life kept pace with my public one. I played as hard as I worked. I did not neglect my pleasures, but I did wish I had more time for them."
"It's not the men you see me with, it's the men you don't see me with."
No truer words have ever been spoken Ms. West!
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Read information about the authorMae 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 stage in New York before moving to Hollywood to become a comedian, actress and writer in the motion picture industry.
One of the most controversial stars of her day, West encountered many problems including censorship.
When her cinematic career ended, she continued to perform on stage, in Las Vegas, in the United Kingdom, on radio and television, and recorded Rock and Roll albums.