Courting Mae West

The play "COURTING MAE WEST: Sex, Censorship & Secrets" is based on true events during the 1920s when actress MAE WEST was arrested and jailed in New York City for trying to stage two gay plays on Broadway. Maybe she broke the law - - but the LAW couldn't break HER!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Mae West: '27 Troubles

Just concluded in Manhattan was a very successful exhibition based on some episodes of New York City history during Prohibition: "Onstage Outlaws: Mae West and Texas Guinan in a Lawless Era."
• • This panel shows images from Mae West's trial and incarceration in New York. The text shown is Mae West's essay penned after her jail term in 1927. A magazine paid the actress $1,000 to write an article. Mae donated the sum to the prison library since she noticed the female inmates had no good books to read.


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• • Illustration • • Mae West • • 1927 montage from "Onstage Outlaws: Mae West and Texas Guinan in a Lawless Era" • •

Mae West.


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