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Author Chandler, Charlotte.

Title She always knew how : Mae West, a personal biography / Charlotte Chandler.

Publication Info. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Manhattan-Elwood PL Adult Non Fiction - MTBB-2  791.4302 CHA    AVAILABLE
 Moline PL Adult Biography - MPLG-6  B WES    AVAILABLE
 New Lenox PL Adult Biography - NLBB-1  B WES    AVAILABLE
 Robert R Jones PL Adult Biography - CVPG-7  BIOG WES    AVAILABLE
 Rock Island Main Lib Adult Biography - RIPG-6  B WEST    AVAILABLE
 Seneca PL Adult Biography - SEBB-3  B WEST    AVAILABLE
 Woodstock PL Adult Non-Fiction - WOLY-11  791.43028 WES    AVAILABLE
 Yorkville PL Adult Biography - YKBB-4  B WES    AVAILABLE
Edition First Simon and Schuster hardcover edition.
Description xiii, 317 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Contents Childhood (1893-1910) -- Ingenue (1911-1921) -- Broadway (1922-1931) -- Hollywood (1932-1943) -- On the road (1944-1964) -- Hollywood encore (1965--1980) -- The last act (1980).
Summary Biographer Charlotte Chandler draws on a series of interviews she conducted with the star just months before her death in 1980, as well as interviews with people who worked or lived with her. Actress, playwright, screenwriter, and iconic sex symbol Mae West created a scandal--and a sensation--on Broadway with her play Sex in 1926. Sentenced to ten days in prison for obscenity, she went in a convict and emerged a star. Her next play, Diamond Lil, was a smash, and she would play variations on Diamond Lil for virtually her entire career. In 1930s Hollywood she saved Paramount Studios from bankruptcy. Her screenplays included some notorious one-liners that have become part of Hollywood lore, but behind the clever quips was Mae's deep desire to see women treated equally with men. She fought the double standard of the time that permitted men things that women would be ruined for doing--From publisher description.
Note Includes index.
Subject West, Mae.
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography.
Women dramatists -- United States -- Biography.
Dramatists, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Screenwriters -- United States -- Biography.
Women screenwriters -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 9781416579090 hardback
1416579095 hardback

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