Mae West was a legendary actress who taught Americans to smile about sex.
She was an original: the ultimate bosomy, blond sex symbol whose style — a silken walk, suggestive less of sex than of the meshing of superbly machined parts — was often imitated but never equaled.
Paramount Pictures, then teetering on the brink of insolvency, offered her $5,000 a week to start her film career in "Night After Night" (1932) with George Raft.
Her total list of film credits was an even dozen, a remarkably small number. No one else had ever established so secure a place in film history on the basis of... Read more
The Times’ virtual tour puts readers on the streets of Hollywood to visit the nearly 2,400 stars on the Walk of Fame.
Select a category to learn more about the bombshells, cowboys, crooners and other entertainers who are honored on the walk. An interactive map then takes readers to the exact location of each star along the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.
Read more about the stars in a database that uses more than a century of the archives of the Los Angeles Times to go deeper into the lives of hundreds of fan favorites, as well as those whose names are no longer well-known.