Relationship advice from Old Hollywood
Mae West
In this article

Mae West

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

Born in Brooklyn in 1893, Mary Jane West or Mae West, was a Hollywood late bloomer. She got her start as a vaudeville actress, then moved on to Broadway before taking Hollywood by storm in the 1930s. She signed her first film contract with Fox when she was 38 years old. 

She was married once to vaudeville actor Frank Wallace; may have had a secret marriage to Italian vaudeville headliner Guido Deiro; had a lover 16 years her junior and a string of boyfriends including wrestling champion Mr. California who was 30 years younger than she was (she was 61) and stayed with her until her death in 1980. 

When West encountered problems getting boyfriend William Jones (an African-American boxer) into her building on account of racial discrimination, she found an easy solution — she bought the building. 

Don't you mess with Mae West. 

Photo credit: Sipa

Click below to see West in her first movie, Night After Night  (1932). 

Love & Sex Editor
Rank this page: 

Don't miss...
2nd episode: Marie shows you how to enjoy spending time with your little monsters while taking care of yourself...Gift guide for every man in your life
8th episode: Marie's secrets for getting back in shape after the party seasonThe ultimate Valentine's Day gift ideas for your man: Give him what he wants
Latest… 25/07/2017
Here Is What You Need To Know About Lesbian Sex
Everything You Wanted To Know About The Vagina But Were Afraid To Ask
All You Need to Know About Male Orgasms
Here Is Everything You (Secretly) Wanted To Know About The G-Spot
See all Love & Sex guides
Video: The secrets behind the way you hold your drink
See all Love & Sex videos

Don't miss out!

...Join our newsletter
Get the wewomen latest straight to your inbox
Find us on...