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Mae West
American film actress
(1854-1900)



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'Goodness, what beautiful diamonds!'
'Goodness had nothing to do with it!, dearie'
-- Night After Night (1932 film)

It's not the men in my life that counts -- it's the life in my men.
-- I'm No Angel (1933 film)

When I'm good I'm very good, but when I'm bad I'm better.
-- I'm No Angel (1933 film)

I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.
-- I'm No Angel (1933 film)

I always like a man in uniform. And that one fits you grand. Why don't you come up sometime, and see me?
-- She Done Him Wrong (1933 film)
NOTE: this is often misquoted as: 'Why don't you come up and see me sometime?'

I always say, keep a diary and some it'll keep you.
-- Every Day's a Holiday (1937 film)


Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?
-- Joseph Weintraub, Peel Me a Grape (1975)

I used to be Snow White... but I drifted.
-- Joseph Weintraub, Peel Me a Grape (1975)

It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
-- Attributed.

Marriage is a fine institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.
-- Attributed.

I've been in Who's Who, and I know what's what, but this is the first time I ever made the dictionary.
-- After hearing that a life jacket was to be named after her (the Mae West). Attributed.

About Mae West

In a non-permissive age, she made remarkable inroads against the taboos of her day, and did so without lowering her neckline.
-- Leslie Halliwell, The Filmgoer's Book of Quotes (1973)

Further Mae West Quotes

She Done Him Wrong (1933) quotes

I'm No Angel (1933) quotes

My Little Chickadee (1940) quotes


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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