Today as publishers rub their hands together anticipating the profits from a "surging interest in street lit," it must be said: Mae West was ahead of her time.
• • In 1927 she spent the night of February 9th and April 19th incarcerated in Jefferson Market Prison in Greenwich Village, held in a cell with prostitutes, addicts, stick-up women, and pickpockets. After a trial at Jefferson Market Court, she was found guilty and sentenced to the Women's Workhouse for ten days beginning 19 April 1927. [The Warden shaved off two days for good behavior.]
• • Mae was paid $1,000 to write about her experiences for a women's magazine. Some of her essay appears here. [Mae donated the $1,000 to the workhouse to establish a library for female inmates.]
• • Released from the lock-up on 27 April 1927, Mae told reporters she had enough material for several plays.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1927 • •