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Friday, January 11, 2013

Mae West, the art of love & the golden silence

Without Mae West, you would not have had Madonna, and Lady Gaga, and Amy Winehouse. And, bold singers aside, Catwoman and Electra and all other amazing bad girls of the movies, the comics and the songs of the last eighty years.
Mae West and Josephine Baker, they were the original ones.

Miss West was famous for her sexual innuendo and her legendary sex jokes and she was very aware of it and brave enough to own it. She notoriously said, about being considered the queen of double entendre: "If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning".
How not to love her?!

Still, one of my favorite quotes by Mae West is not about lust, but about love, and it's perfect for representing her cinematic persona and her unmistakable style.

Love isn't an emotion or an instinct - it's an art.
Mae West [born Mary Jane West, 1893-1980]

[Mae West and a very young Cary Grant 
in I'm No Angel (1933)]

Is love really an art?

And if love is an art, is also a part of it the talent to not say anything, if you can't say something nice? Is it actually wisest to say nothing?

Silence is golden, they say.

PS. In order for you to understand better how famous Mae has been:
The inflatable, body-hugging B-4 life preservers used in World War II were nicknamed "Mae Wests." In parachuting, a "Mae West" is what happens when the canopy malfunctions and contorts into the shape of a bra.
by Amanda Green

Tags: Mae West, Quotes, Love, Silence

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