Legendary MAE WEST


Saturday April 15th, MAE WEST will be the highlight of the afternoon public event, hosted by Friends of the Big Bear Lake Library.

A delightful, entertaining presentation Introducing Mae West, offered by historian Maya DeBois. DeBois acquainted with numorous historical groups, is a Director on the Board of the San Fernando Valley Historical Society. A special feature of the MAE WEST presentation will be designated to a Hat Try-on time for guests to experience the look and feel of beautiful hats of the MAE WEST Era.   

DeBois will display a variety of photos and memorabilia, as she has become fascinated with MAE WEST lifestyle and her unique fashions. After experiencing the presentation guests may also become intrigued, too.    

The MAE WEST presentation begins at 2:00 P.M. Friends of the Big Bear Lake Library encourage guests to arrive early at the Big Bear Lake Branch Library and enjoy the Hat Try-on before the program begins. 

The Big Bear Lake Branch Library is located in Big Bear Lake at 41930 Garstin Drive.  For more information call 866-5571.




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MAE WEST (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980

orn Mary Jane West, in Brooklyn, New York, to Matilda and John West. Family members called her Mae (spelled May at the time) from an early age. Matilda, also known as "Tillie," was a German immigrant and aspiring actress.         

            West’s autobiography Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It, traces her indulged Brooklyn childhood, through vaudeville success, a stage career which landed her in jail for the outspokenness of her lines, to spectacular Hollywood stardom. Witty and honest, she remained in control of her life, her career and her many, many loves.  

            Known for her risqué brand of humor, Mae West was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and sex symbol.  Famous for her bawdy double entendres, West made a name for herself in vaudeville and on the stage in New York before moving to Hollywood to become a comedian, actress and writer in the motion picture industry.