Mae West Empress of Sex - Maurice Leonard

Mae West Empress of Sex - Maurice Leonard



'When I'm good I'm very good, when I'm bad, I'm better'

'A Hard Man is good to find'

'It's not the men in my life, it's the life in my men'

The legendary Mae West died in 1980, yet she is immortalised by these glorious one-liners. In this revealing biography, Maurice Leonard brings the self-created myth of Mae West to life. He discloses  how a mediocre vaudevillian performer, who socialised with mobsters and bootleggers, helped save Paramount in the 1930s. Her notorious image - she was once thrown in jail for 'corrupting the morals of youth' - was vigorously sustained throughout her career. Possessed of a voracious sexual appetite and a penchant for musclemen, she practiced her belief in guilt-free sex for women. But despite being the ultimate sexual icon, she was terrified of personal scandal. In private, reclusive and insecure, she never smoked and rarely drank. Drawing on previously undisclosed material, Maurice Leonard brilliantly recreates Mae West's finest hours.

Format: Paperback 

Inscribed: N

Pages: 422

Publisher: Fontana

Publication Date: 1992

ISBN: 0-00-637471-9

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