The Immortality Of Mae West

Nearly a century after she came on the scene, her wit, bravado, and sexuality are a bigger presence than ever

When Mae West showed a trusted friend the manuscript of her 1970 autobiography, Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It , he complained that the book lacked any mention of her struggles, failures, and disappointments. She scoffed. “Her fans don’t want Mae West to have problems and have to struggle,” she declared in confident third person. “Mae West always triumphs.”

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