August 17, 2017 all-day
Aug 17, 1893 (some sources say 1892). The stage and screen siren, famous for her naughty wisecracks, was born Mary Jane West at Brooklyn, NY. She acted in vaudeville from age five and made her Hollywood debut in 1932. Unique among stars in that she wrote her own plays and film scripts mostly concerning the joys of men and sex. Her Broadway play Sex resulted in her conviction for public obscenity in 1927 and she served time for eight days. Master of the risqu bon mot, West said in Im No Angel (1933),When Im good, Im very, very good, but when Im bad, Im better. She died Nov 22, 1980, at Los Angeles, CA.