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Mae West: Dirty Blonde

8/7c, PBS (check local listings at

With swagger, glamour and a gift for ahead-of-her-time innuendo (“Why don’t you come up sometime and special reveals, West’s success was no fluke. From vaudeville to Broadway, where she was jailed on morals charges for her play and rode the publicity to Hollywood, this tough and funny lady took charge of her image. West (above) was her own writer and producer, demanding creative control—and top dollar—for her hit movies. Though now mostly an object of camp and drag parody, West gets the last bawdy laugh in this admiring profile. —

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