Mary Jane "Mae" West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian, and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades. She was known for her lighthearted, bawdy double entendres and breezy sexual independence. She was active in vaudeville and on the stage in New York City before moving to Hollywood to become a comedian, actress, and writer in the motion picture industry, as well as appearing on radio and television. The American Film Institute named her 15th among the greatest female stars of classic American cinema.
West often used a husky contralto voice and was one of the more controversial movie stars of her day; she encountered many problems, especially censorship. She once quipped, "I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it." She bucked the system, making comedy out of conventional mores, and the Depression-era audience admired her for it. When her cinematic career ended, she wrote books and plays and continued to perform in Las Vegas and in the UK, on radio and television, and she recorded rock and roll albums.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 17th, 1893 (Brooklyn), Died November 22nd, 1980 (Hollywood)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1970
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||PBS-79181||10-in.||4/23/1934||My old flame||Duke Ellington Orchestra ; Mae West||Dubbed recording from film : Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Decca||87085||11/23/1954||Havana for a night||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||87086||11/23/1954||I'm in the mood for love||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||87088||11/23/1954||They call me Sister Honky Tonk||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||87122||11/26/1954||Criswell predicts||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||87123||11/26/1954||I want you-I need you||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||87124||11/26/1954||Love is the greatest thing||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||87125||11/26/1954||Frankie and Johnny||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||87126||11/29/1954||If I could be with you||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||87127||11/29/1954||All of me||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||87128||11/29/1954||A guy that takes his time||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||87129||11/29/1954||My Daddy rocks me||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||L 15434||7/1/1970||The sayings of Mae West||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||L 15435||7/1/1970||Mae West uncensored||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||L 15436||7/1/1970||Mae West and friends||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||L 15437||7/1/1970||Around the world with Mae West||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||L 15438||7/1/1970||Mae West has the last word||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||L 15439||7/1/1970||Mae West and W.C. Fields together||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||L 15440||7/1/1970||I want you-I need you||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||L 15441||7/1/1970||Mae West teaches a class||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||L 15442||7/1/1970||A swingin' sermon (Little bar butterfly)||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||L 15443||7/1/1970||Personal appearance||Mae West||vocalist|
|Decca||L 15444||7/1/1970||Mae West sings: Frankie and Johnny ; Mister deep blue sea ; My old flame||Mae West||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "West, Mae," accessed January 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101870.
West, Mae. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101870.
"West, Mae." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 January 2021.
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