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1. Mae West was born Mary Jane West on August 17, 1893 in Brooklyn, New York. It is possible that her career was influenced by her parents. Her father was a ___ and her mother a ___. (Fill in the blanks, in order.)
2. Mae West began performing at age five, and was in as many church, club, or school performances as she could find. At age fourteen she went full time into vaudeville. In order to be successful in the long run, a performer usually has to develop a persona or gimmick that the audience can relate to. Which of these did Mae West NOT use in vaudeville?
3. Mae West filled the big screen with her charm and personality. In her salad years--the times that she was perhaps most captivating--her figure was described as "fat" by the media.
4. In 1926 Mae West wrote, acted in, produced, and directed a play that stunned Broadway. What was name of the production?
5. After having difficulty in returning to Broadway, her play "The Drags", which was about homosexuality, was blocked by moral groups. But 1928 was her biggest success. It was a play again that she starred in, wrote, and directed, and was destined to lead it into films and many revivals on Broadway and touring companies. What the name of the play?
6. Between 1933 and 1935, all of Mae West's films were financially successful and popular. What happened in 1935 that diminished her film career?
7. Mae West and W.C. Fields were paired in the classic "My Little Chickadee" (1940). How many films did they make together?
8. Mae West is one of the most quoted women of film. Which of these is NOT a Mae West quote?
9. What artist and designer created the "Mae West Lips Sofa"?
10. As she aged, Mae West became less present in the public eye. After a 27 year absence from the screen, she returned to play Leticia Van Allen, an aging former sex symbol, in what film based on a Gore Vidal novel?
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