When the term "Mae West", an inflatable life jacket used by airmen during World War II, was put into the dictionary, Miss West remarked: "I've been in WHO's WHO, and I know what's what, but it'll be the first time I ever made the dictionary."
How interesting that I just stumbled on this forum and saw your posting. Mae West (1893-1980) started n show business, on stage, around age 11, married at age 17 or 18 then separated and never married again, but made her real reputation from the "double entendres" often found in the scripts of her movies (which she wrote herself). I regret I do not have a scanner to send a sample of her "ample endowments" to you. She is described as "the vamp of high camp". She used to say: "It isn't what I say, it's how I say it; it isn't what I do, but how I do it - and how I look while I do it and say it."
In the 1930's Mae was in a constant fight with the Hays office (censorship of films and books) because of lines she wrote, like: "Iwouldn't lift my veil for that guy" or I wouldn't let him touch me with a ten-foot pole". However, for whatever reason, she managed to sneak through other lines like (while in a tight moonlight hug with a Zorro-type masked bandit): "Hmmm, is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?"
Her single most famous line, spoken in 1932 to a very young actor named Cary Grant, was of course "when you got nothing better to do, and lots of time to do it in, why don't you come up and see me sometime". She was 39 and Cary was probably 21, but - what the heck ?
From "The Wit and Wisom of Mae West" edited by Joseph Weintraub, first published August 1970, Avon Books, Div. of The Hearst Corporation, 959 Eighth Av, NY, NY 10019, I give you the following quotes from the one and only lady herself:
When told 10 men were waiting to meet her: "I'm tired - send oneof them home." You must be good and tired ? "No, just tired"
Her play "Catherine Was Great" about the Empress of Russia was a stage play before it became a movie. After each performance of the stage version, Mae west told the audience: "She ruled thirty million people and had three thousand lovers. I do the best I can in two hours."
In "Catherine Was Great", Catherine's lover Marshal Potemkin tells her Russia is going to war with the Turks, so she say: "Come up to the royal suite later tonight, and we'll talk Turkey"
In 1938 she said: "The only picture to make money this season was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It would have made twice as much if they had let me play Snow White."
And, speaking of snow, she also said: "I was born pure as the driven snow - then I drifted."
Another gem: (when told to be bored in a movie) Beulah, I'm tired - peel me a grape.
How about: "I broke my ankle stumbling over a pile of men."
Some definitions "à la Mae West": A gold rush is what happens when a line of chorus girls spot a man with a bankroll. Subtraction: a man has $1000 and you leave him with bus fare - that's subtraction. Two and two are four, and five will get you ten, if you know how to work it.
From "My Little Chickadee" with W.C. Fields: Judge: Are you trying to show contempt for the court? REPLY (while casually filing her nails): No, I'm doing my best to hide it.
Her first major publication, taken from a line spoken by one of the chracters in her movies, was "Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It", published 1959 by Prentice-Hall.
A final thought from Mae West - "I can resist anything - except temptation"