The Man who met Mae West
Mae West was born in Brooklyn, New York,
to "Battling Jack" West and Matilda Doelger.
She began her career as a child star in
vaudeville, and later went on to write her own
plays, including "SEX", for which she was
arrested. Though her first movie role was a
small part in Night After Night (1932), her
scene has become famous. A coat check
girl exclaims, "Goodness! What lovely
diamonds!", after seeing Mae's jewelry. Mae
replies, "Goodness had nothing to do with
it". Her next film, in which she starred, came
the following year. She Done Him Wrong
(1933) was based on her earlier and very
popular play, "Diamond Lil". She went on to
write and star in seven more films, including
My Little Chickadee (1940) with W.C.
Fields. Her last movie was Sextette (1978),
which also came from a play. She died two
years later.

In this podcast Graham Reynolds told me
how he met the famous lady in Hollywood