Mae West Nude, Getting Naked, Fighting Father Time…and Living

Mae West at age 40, in 1933.

In her later years, Mae West spoke out against nudity in feature films – not on a moral basis but because she felt it didn’t allow the imagination to wander. “Never drop the seventh veil,” she once said about actors appearing naked in film or on stage.

She also felt that – well, as she put it, “The sex parts, they ain’t got no personality.”

Mae West at age 33, in 1926 – showing skin but not dropping the seventh veil.

In a scene from her play Sex.

In the 1920s, when she was in her thirties and starring in her famous “sex comedies” on Broadway, one of which brought the paddy wagon and landed her in jail, she was charged with “corrupting the morals of youth.” She was never charge with personal “indecency” because she never took off her clothes on stage. Nor did she ever appear bare in any of her films during the 1930s or the last two, in the 1970s.

But she had no problem doing so in private. On the white piano in her living room, she even kept a nude white marble statue of her voluptuous self. And when she was especially svelte in her mid-40s, she also had no problem being photographed in her bedroom, working dumb-bells for the camera while dressed in

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