I Used To Be Snow White, But I Drifted.

Mae West

We all have folks in our lives that inspire us and who we aspire to be like. It is always fascinating to hear famous people tell about those who inspired them. You don’t hear as often from regular folks who inspires them.  As one of those regular folks, I have a list of folks I aspire to be like; but today I want to talk about one in particular– Mae West.

When I was a kid I loved Mae West. She was the one and only impersonation I did – although it was done poorly without any physical similarities to the buxom and bawdy star. Even when I was a kid (way back then) Mae West was old Hollywood. Old Hollywood these days is comprised of folks like Meryl Streep, Robert Redford and Clint Eastwood. But in Mae West’s day, she was larger than life and without debate – one of a kind. Mae West was born in the very late 1800s and passed away in 1980. Given the time when she was on the scene her larger than life persona and take no prisoners sex appeal and sense-of-humor were really quite remarkable.

I lean toward Mae West’s naughty, wise-cracking persona although I still have do not have any of the requisite physical similarities. Since I was a young girl, I honed in on the strength and audacity of Mae West and particularly loved that the strength and audacity was imparted with wickedly sharp humor. For a shy kid that was afraid of her own shadow, Mae West was the person I wanted to be when I grew up. How proud and delighted my parents must have been to hear that!

So today, I want to share some of my favorite quotes from Mae West. In reading them I hope you will find the humor I have always found in Mae’s brazen comments.

“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”

“It’s not the men in my life that counts–it’s the life in my men.”

“When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.”

“There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out.”

“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Believe me, rich is better.”

“Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.”

“A hard man is good to find.”

“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.”

“It’s all right for a perfect stranger to kiss your hand as long as he’s perfect.”

“Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution yet.”

“I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.”

“Cultivate your curves — they may be dangerous but they won’t be avoided.”

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”

“When I’m good I’m very, very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.”

“Why don’t you come on up and see me sometime — when I’ve got nothin’ on but the radio. “

“She’s the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.”

“To err is human, but it feels divine.”

“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Believe me, rich is better.”

“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.”

“Love thy neighbor — and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier.”

“Give a man a free hand and he’ll run it all over you.”

“So many men… so little time.”

“Good sex is like good Bridge. If you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand.”

“Women with “pasts” interest men because men hope that history will repeat itself.”

And finally my parting shot from Mae West today, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” What a wise woman she was.

Day forty-one of the new forty – obla di obla da


3 Responses

  1. prairiewomn

    I always looked up to Katherine Hepburn and Betty Davis. Both strong willed, glamorous and witty. Baring a secret here, sometimes when I feel particularly beaten by the world, I watch old films of theirs. Or, I read the People Magazine dedicated to the life of Katherine Hepburn and I feel so much better and inspired. Every kid needs a hero outside of their parents. Good blog today. Glad you didn’t stay shy and scared of your shadow.

  2. Ms. C

    Well, I am still a bit shy – just don’t show it too much and as for being scared of my shadow – OMG if you saw how big that shadow was getting lately you’d be scared too! 🙂

  3. roxane s.

    The title on this caught me. I didn’t know half of Mae West’s quotes, but I knew a few, including this one, and I used to repeat this one often in my older childhood days, just to get a rise. If we ever meet, we’ll have to do the old impersonations. I don’t have the bod either, just the will to mimic her voice. 🙂

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