Awhile ago, Voice of America did a lively and somewhat accurate program on MAE WEST. Listen in:
• • Mae West, 1893-1980: The Wild Woman of Film and Stage
• • Her rich voice and sexy jokes made her an important figure in American popular culture.
• • VOICE ONE: I'm Barbara Klein.
• • VOICE TWO: And I'm Steve Ember with People in America in VOA Special English. Today we tell about film actress Mae West. She was also a writer, producer and businesswoman. The sexual nature of her life and art represented her liberal and often disputed ideas. Her funny jokes have become part of the language of American popular culture.
• • VOICE ONE/ Barbara Klein:
• • Mae West was born in Brooklyn, New York in eighteen ninety-three. Her father, John West, had several jobs but started his career as a competitive fighter. Mae's mother, Matilda, played an important role in developing her daughter's career as an entertainer.
• • Mae started to perform in local theater groups as a young child. By nineteen-oh-seven she was part of a national vaudeville tour that performed across the country. Vaudeville was a theatrical show with several entertainers performing songs, dances and jokes. Vaudeville was very popular in the United States during the early nineteen hundreds.
• • When Mae West was about eighteen years old she started performing on Broadway, the famous theater area of New York City. She appeared in many musical shows such as "Hello, Paris" and "A la Broadway." For the next fifteen years she sang and danced in both Broadway and vaudeville shows. . . .
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• • Transcript of radio broadcast: http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/2008-11-22-voa2.cfm
• • People in America in VOA Special English — — Mae West
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • none • •