Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mae West - a great movie star

Love the hat!

A while back, I posted a couple of Mae West quotes and this picture on Facebook and ever since I've been meaning to say just a tiny bit more about about her. 

Mae West (1893-1980) was a great movie star and I love watching her films which are now famous for her one-liners, many of which she wrote herself.  Here are some of my favourites (from Wikiquote) that always make me laugh:

  • 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?
    • She Done Him Wrong (1933)
  • When I'm good, I'm very good. When I'm bad, I'm better.
    • I'm No Angel (1933)[1]
  • I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
    • I'm No Angel (1933)[1]
  • 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."[2]
  • A man in the house is worth two in the street.
    • Belle of the Nineties
  • It's not the men in your life that matters, it's the life in your men
    • I'm No Angel
  • When women go wrong, men go right after them.
    • She Done Him Wrong[3]
I other thing I love about Mae West was that she proved that you could be a sex symbol without being a size 0 (or even a size 4, 8 or even 10!)


  1. Love the great quotes! Made me smile!


  2. Hi Kathy,

    Thank you for visiting. No matter how many times I hear/read Mae West quotes, they always make me giggle (an easy way to brighten up the day!)