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She Always Knew How

Mae West, A Personal Biography

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Sex goddess Mae West is responsible for some of the most quoted lines in film history:

* Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

* When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better.

* It's not the men in my life that counts - it's the life in my men.

She was a performer from childhood and debuted on Broadway in a play she wrote entitled "Sex" which was a success until it was raided for immorality and Mae was jailed for ten days.

This book is packed with stars from George Raft to Cary Grant and W.C. Fields, with whom she made "My Little Chickadee", the most successful film of Fields' career.

Charlotte Chandler recorded Mae West over a period of roughly a month towards the end of the star's life. She was still as vital and lively as ever, and this book will convey all of Mae West's legendary attitude.

Photo Credit: Charles William Bush

Charlotte Chandler is the author of several biographies of actors and directors, including Groucho Marx, Federico Fellini, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Crawford, and Mae West, all of whom she interviewed extensively. She is a member of the board of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and lives in New York City.

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