Happy Birthday to the original blonde bombshell



“It’s better to be looked over than overlooked,” Mae West once said. But herĀ assets were more than meets the eye. If later blonde bombshells like Marilyn Monroe and Anna Nicole Smith seemed vulnerable, West was the opposite: spunky and funny.

Not only a performer, West was a playwright who wrote her own dialogue in movies such as She Done Him Wrong and I’m No Angel.

Born in Brooklyn on August 17, 1893, she’d be 120 today, but her wit does not age. Some of her best lines:

Men are like linoleum floors. Lay ‘em right and you can walk all over them for years.

When I’m good I’m very good, and when I’m bad, I’m better.

It’s not the men in your life that matters, it’s the life in your men.

Marriage is a fine institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.

Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.

I used to be snow white, but I drifted.

I’ll try anything once. Twice if I like it, three times to make sure.

To err is human, but it feels divine.

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.