In March 1921, Mae West mailed to the Library of Congress her playscript: "The Ruby Ring." At 20 pages, this manuscript was more of an extended "sketch" than a play. Gloria, the female lead, is a mantrap who is able to pick the gents off with ease. Her parents were living in Woodhaven in 1921 [705 Boyd Avenue] and Mae used this address when she registered the copyright.
• • In 1922, 29-year-old Mae added a full-length play — — "The Hussy" — — to these Washington, DC archives. Nona, the female lead, likes generous fellows who demonstrate their devotion to a gal by dropping jewelry on her.
• • Nona: "Most men value you by what they spend on you."
• • Joking that she was never a gold-digger, Mae liked to say: "I take diamonds. We may be off the gold standard someday."
• • Coming up is Valentine's Day. Rubies, anyone? [Mmmm, I wish, I wish!]
• • Photo • Mae West owned this ring