Saturday, October 02, 2004

Mae West & boxer Max Baer

Mae West: Max Baer Bet
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. . . One day during the 1930s, boxer Max Baer called Mae West from the street outside her apartment in Los Angeles. West invited him to come up and see her sometime - - sometime soon. Sure enough, the couple ended up in bed. When they had finished, Baer rose and went to the window. Then, pulling up the shade, he began to wave - standing, still completely naked - to someone down in the street.
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It was Baer's agent - who had just lost a $500 bet that Baer could bed West on the spot.
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[This was one of West's favorite stories. Among her classic lines? "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted," "I've been on more laps than a table napkin," and "I feel like a million tonight - but one at a time, please."]
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[Trivia: Famed designer Edith Head once put paid torumors about West's sexuality. "No hermaphrodite," she explained, "could have bosoms . . . like two large melons."]
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