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Mae West's Acting Credentials: Awards and Highlights of Storied Career

By    |   Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:12 PM

For an actress who is well known nearly 40 years after her last acting role and 35 years since her death, Mae West has a surprisingly small body of work and few awards to her credit.

In total, West appeared in 12 movies, as well as one movie short and a single television appearance, which was a 1964 episode of "Mr. Ed." Although she has few accolades to mark her career, there are a couple.

Additionally, she is credited as being one of the most quoted women to appear on film. Here is a look at her career highlights and at some of her best film lines:

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Golden Apple Awards

Although no longer active, the Golden Apple Awards were awards that were handed out to Hollywood elite every year from 1928 until 2001. It was an award ceremony conducted by the Hollywood Women's Press Club. They handed out several awards, including Male Star of the Year and Female Star of the Year, In 1969, West earned the Female Star of the Year, honored for her body of work as a whole.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

As part of a planned expansion of the fledgling Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, West was part of a large group of actors, actresses, directors, and musicians who receive a star commemorating their career. West's star, for her work in motion pictures, is located at 1560 Vine Street.

Famous Lines


Many actors have been known for their one-liners in movies for many years — the majority of those have been men, such as Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, and Clint Eastwood. However, even though she appeared in a few movies, West is credited with some of the most famous lines uttered by a woman in movie history. For example:

"Why don't you come up some time and see me?" – uttered by her character, Lady Lou, in the film "She Done Him Wrong" (1933). The line is often misquoted as "Why don’t you come up and see me sometime."

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"Well …when I'm good, I'm very good. But, when I'm bad … I'm better." – spoken by West's character, Tira, in "I'm No Angel"(1933) in response to Jack Clayton's response, "Tonight, you were especially good."

"It's not the men in your life that counts, it's the life in your men." – Another line spoken by Tira in "I'm No Angel."

"Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie." – Spoken by West's character, Maudie, in "Night After Night" (1932) in response to a hatcheck girl's remark of "Goodness. What beautiful diamonds."

"When caught between two evils, I generally like to take the one I never tried." – spoken by West's character, The Frisco Doll, in 1936's "Klondike Annie.

"Listen, when women go wrong, men go right after them." – also from "She Done Him Wrong."

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