Mae West

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Why don't you come up sometime and see me?

Mary Jane West (August 17, 1893November 22, 1980) was an American actress and playwright, most commonly known as "Mae" West.

Quotes[edit]

When I'm good, I'm very good. When I'm bad, I'm better.
When you got the personality, you don't need the nudity.
  • Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie.
    • Response to an exclamation, "Goodness! What lovely diamonds!" in Night After Night (1932). She later used Goodness had nothing to do with it as the title of her autobiography (1953).
  • Why don't you come up sometime and see me? ... Come on up, I'll tell your fortune.
    • She Done Him Wrong (1933)
  • Is that a pistol in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
  • Beulah, Peel me a grape.
    • I'm No Angel (1933)
  • I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.
    • I'm No Angel (1933)
  • When I'm good, I'm very good. When I'm bad, I'm better.
    • I'm No Angel (1933)
  • I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
    • I'm No Angel (1933)
  • It's not the men in your life that matters, it's the life in your men.
    • I'm No Angel (1933)
  • Between two evils, I generally like to pick the one I never tried before.
    • Klondike Annie (1936) Sometimes quoted as: "When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before."'
  • A man in the house is worth two in the street.
    • Belle of the Nineties
  • When women go wrong, men go right after them.
    • She Done Him Wrong
  • One and one is two; two and two is four; and "five will get you ten" if you work it right!
    • My Little Chickadee
  • I feel like a million tonight. But one at a time.
    • Myra Breckinridge
  • To a young actor: How tall are you without your horse? Six foot, seven inches. Never mind the six feet. Let's talk about the seven inches!
    • Myra Breckinridge
  • I'm the kinda girl who works for Paramount by day, and Fox all night
    • Sextette
  • To her British lover about to climb in bed with 80-something Mae: She said that she hoped soon to be able to say what Paul Revere said — 'The British are coming'. This was the last one-liner Mae ever uttered on film.
    • Sextette
  • When you got the personality, you don't need the nudity.
    • Quoted in "For Women, Monologues They Haven't Heard" by Susan Pomerance, Dramaline Publications (1985)
  • Marriage is a fine institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.
    • #149 in The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (2006) by Robert Byrne
  • Give a man a free hand and he'll run it all over you.
    • #684 in The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (2006) by Robert Byrne
  • I've been in more laps than a napkin.
    • #685 in The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (2006) by Robert Byrne
  • She's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.
    • #832 in The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (2006) by Robert Byrne

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