'Mae West' (qv) was born in Brooklyn, New York to "Battling Jack"
West and Matilda Doelger. She began her career as a child star in
vaudeville, and later went on to write her own plays, including
"SEX" for which she was arrested. Though her first movie role was a
small part in the 1932 film "Night After Night", her scene has
become famous. A coat check girl exclaims, "Goodness! What lovely
diamonds!", after seeing Mae's jewlery. Mae replies, "Goodness had
nothing to do with it". Her next film, in which she starred, was in
1933. "She Done Him Wrong" was based on her earlier and very
popular play, "Diamond Lil". 'Mae West' (qv) went on to write and
star in seven more films, including "My Little Chickadee", with W.
C. Fields. Her last movie was "Sextette" in 1978, two years before
her death, which also came from a play.
Biography courtesy of the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com).