She was famous for her morning enemas, which she claimed made her skin like silk and left her "smelling sweet at both ends."
Mae began a career in vaudeville at the age of 12.
Mae's mother was a corset maker.
Mae wrote, produced and directed the Broadway play Sex.
Mae's father John was a professional boxer.
By the time she died, Mae was worth $40 million.
Mae decorated her home with towels she stole from hotels.
Mae had a chauffeur named Chalky.
Mae kept her name in the phone book all her life.
Mae lived in The Ravenswood, on Rossmore, LA for 48 years.
Mae was 5'1".
She is a diabetic.
Mae was banned from radio after a guest appearance with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy loaded with flirtation and double-entendres.
During World War II, Navy and Army pilots and crewman in the Pacific, named their inflatable life vests after Mae West supposedly because of her well-endowed attributes. The term "Mae West" for a life-vest continues to this day.
Mae: He who hesitates is a damned fool.
Mae: One reason for my success, is that I've never offended women.
Mae: A man in the house... is worth two in the street.
Mae: I've been rich and I've been poor... Believe me, rich is better
Mae: I like my clothes to be tight enough to show I'm a woman... but loose enough to show I'm a lady.
Mae: You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Mae: Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.
Mae: If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning.
Mae: I'll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.
Mae: I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.
Mae: I never loved another person the way I loved myself.
Mae: Good sex is like good bridge. If you don't have a good partner, you'd better have a good hand.
Mae: A man has one hundred dollars and you leave him with two dollars, that's subtraction.
Mae: I'm not good and tired, just tired.
Mae: It isn't what I do, but how I do it. It isn't what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it.
Mae: I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.
Mae: The man I don't like doesn't exist.
Mae: I freely chose the kind of life I led because I was convinced that a woman has as much right as a man to live the way she does if she does no actual harm to society.
Mae: I always save one boyfriend for a rainy day...and another in case it doesn't rain.
Mae: Few men know how to kiss well. Fortunately, I've always had time to teach them.
Mae: I do all my writing in bed; everybody knows I do my best work there.
Mae: Sex is an emotion in motion.
Mae: Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I'm tired.
Mae: I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
Mae: Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere else.
Mae: Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.
Mae: It ain't sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don't break any.
Mae: It's hard to be funny when you have to be clean.
Mae: Don't marry a man to reform him that's what reform schools are for.
Mae: I'm no model lady. A model's just an imitation of the real thing.
Mae: Too much of a good thing is wonderful.
Mae: I only like two kinds of men: domestic and foreign.
Mae: I believe in censorship. After all, I made a fortune out of it.
Mae: Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?
Mae: It's not the man in your life that counts. It's the life in your man.
Mae: Marriage is a great institution. I'm not ready for an institution.
Mae: When women go wrong, men go right after them.
Mae: Men are my life, diamonds are my career.
Mae: A hard man is good to find.
Mae: It's better to be looked over, than overlooked.
Mae West: Between two evils, I always choose the one I never tried before.