Mae West : 1892-1980

Born in Brooklyn, New York, to "Battling Jack" West and Matilda Doelger, Mae West began her career as a child star in vaudeville and later went on to write her own plays.

Though her first film role was only a small part in the 1932 film 'Night After Night' her scene has become a classic. When a cloakroom attendant exclaims: "Goodness! What lovely diamonds!". Mae West replies: "Goodness had nothing to do with it." She went on to write and star in eight more films, including "My Little Chickadee" with W. C. Fields.

She made her last film in 1978, two years before her death.

It's not the men in my life that count, it's the life in my men.

A woman in love can't be reasonable... or she probably wouldn't be in love.

He who hesitates is a damned fool.

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.

When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.

A hard man is good to find.

Love thy neighbour... and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier.

Don't keep a man guessing too long... he's sure to find the answer somewhere else.

Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.

A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him.

Brains are an asset to the woman in love who's smart enough to hide 'em.

The curve is more powerful than the sword.

Give a man a free hand and he'll run it all over you.

The score never interested me, only the game.

Personally, I like two types of men... domestic and foreign.

Never ask a man where's he's been. If he's out on legitimate business, he doesn't need an alibi. And, girls, if he has been out on illegitimate business, it's your own fault.

I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

Any time you got nothing to do – and lots of time to do it – come on up.

When I'm good I'm very, very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better.

It's all right for a perfect stranger to kiss your hand as long as he's perfect.

I'm a woman of very few words, but lots of action.

A dame that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up.

I go for two kinds of men. The kind with muscles, and the kind without.

I'm no angel, but I've spread my wings a bit.

Men are my hobby, if I ever got married I'd have to give it up.

Men are all alike... except the one you've met who's different.

I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better.

I wrote the story myself. It's about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.

Don't ever make the same mistake twice, unless it pays.

I'm no model lady. A model's just an imitation of the real thing.

His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.

He's the kind of man a woman would have to marry to get rid of.

Keep a diary, and someday it'll keep you.

There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out.

Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can't figure out what from.

Women are as old as they feel - and men are old when they lose their feelings

She's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.

It ain't no sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don't break any.

A man has one hundred dollars and you leave him with two dollars, that's subtraction.

If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning.

Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

I'm single because I was born that way.

Don't marry a man to reform him – that's what reform schools are for.

I don't know a lot about politics, but I can recognise a good party man when I see one.

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.

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.

He's the kind of man who picks his friends... to pieces.