She was only 5 years old when she started winning prizes for her performances in shows.  As I read about Mae Jane West born this day August 17, 1893 in Woodhaven, New York, it became clear she was a tortured little girl, to say the least.  What this woman’s Mother put her through as a child was just plain evil.  It seems she became a product of her upbringing.  Her stolen childhood obviously made her a tough, take no shit strong personality.  As a person and Actress she was a hit and loved by many.  I believe Mae was smart enough to turn the tables and use everything she was to her own advantage.  She is remembered to this day for her witty one liners and the way she changed societal norms of sexual freedom even more than the many movies she stared in.  I have nothing but respect for someone like her, who takes the hand she was dealt and flops a straight flush.  She died on November 22, 1980.  Obviously there is much more to her story that you can read about at these links.  This is a good article by Nora OlsenMae West Home PageMae West Blog Spot

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