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Mae West

1893 - 1980

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Mae West (born Mary Jane West; August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American stage and film actress, playwright, screenwriter, singer, and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned over seven decades. She was known for her breezy sexual independence, and her lighthearted bawdy double entendres, often delivered in a husky contralto voice. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mae West has received more than 5,088,472 page views. Her biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Mae West is the 465th most popular actor (up from 628th in 2019), the 876th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,143rd in 2019) and the 240th most popular American Actor.

Mae West was most famous for her risque double entendres and her sex appeal.

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  • 5.1M

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  • 63.12

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  • 70

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.91

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.79

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among actors, Mae West ranks 465 out of 9,996Before her are Lola Montez, Karl Malden, Hardy Krüger, Raul Julia, Jack Palance, and Lex Barker. After her are Jean Harlow, Tom Hardy, John Rhys-Davies, Halle Berry, Jonathan Pryce, and Meg Ryan.

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Among people born in 1893, Mae West ranks 32Before her are Omar Bradley, Chaim Soutine, Fritz Perls, Juana Bormann, Lillian Gish, and Leslie Howard. After her are Jomo Kenyatta, Prajadhipok, Hans Fallada, Viktor Shklovsky, Edward G. Robinson, and Lili Boulanger. Among people deceased in 1980, Mae West ranks 39Before her are John Bonham, Anastasio Somoza Debayle, Hans Morgenthau, Willard Libby, Alexander Oparin, and William Howard Stein. After her are Alejo Carpentier, Marian Rejewski, Fritz Strassmann, Vinicius de Moraes, Seretse Khama, and Ludwig Guttmann.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Mae West ranks 876 out of 18,182Before her are William Kemmler (1860), Robert Lucas Jr. (1937), Mel Brooks (1926), Solomon Northup (1808), Jack Palance (1919), and Lex Barker (1919). After her are Glenn T. Seaborg (1912), Jean Harlow (1911), Thelonious Monk (1917), Phil Spector (1939), Ferid Murad (1936), and John L. Hall (1934).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Mae West ranks 240Before her are James Woods (1947), Linda Hamilton (1956), Linda Hunt (1945), Karl Malden (1912), Jack Palance (1919), and Lex Barker (1919). After her are Jean Harlow (1911), Halle Berry (1966), Meg Ryan (1961), Steve Carell (1962), Anne Bancroft (1931), and Kevin Bacon (1958).

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