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West, Maelocked

(17 August 1893–22 November 1980)
  • Carol M. Ward

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West, Mae (17 August 1893–22 November 1980), stage and screen actress, was born Mary Jane West in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Matilda Delker Doelger, a corset and fashion model, and John Patrick West, a livery stable owner and heavyweight boxer. With the encouragement of her mother, she began an early show business career, winning an amateur night competition at the age of eight and acting in stock theatrical companies through her teens. As her comic and musical talents developed, she began appearing in musical reviews in New York, including ...

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