Is Mae West Living or Dead?

Has American actress and sex symbol Mae West died? Or is she still alive?

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American actress and sex symbol

Mae West is ...

Dead
Born 17 Aug 1893 in New York City
Died 22 Nov 1980 in Hollywood
Age87 years, 3 months
Causecerebrovascular disease
Correction?
Mae West
Mae West
News photo of Mae West, likely candid, taken by L.A. Times as part of news story. Reprinted in book High Exposure, "Found Photos from the Archives of the L.A. Times."

About Mae West

Mary Jane "Mae" West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian, and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades. Known for her lighthearted bawdy double entendres, and breezy sexual independence, West made a name for herself in vaudeville and on the stage in New York City before moving to Hollywood to become a comedian, actress, and writer in the motion picture industry, as well as appearing on radio and television. For her contributions to American cinema, the American Film Institute named West 15th among the greatest female stars of classic American cinema. One of the more controversial movie stars of her day, West encountered many problems, especially censorship. She bucked the system, making comedy out of prudish conventional mores, and the Depression-era audience admired her for it. When her cinematic career ended, she wrote books and plays, and continued to perform in Las Vegas, in the United Kingdom, and on radio and television, and to record rock and roll albums. Asked about the various efforts to impede her career, West replied: "I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it." While true, she also suffered greatly because of it, even going to jail for her right to freedom of speech.

She is also known as Mary Jane West and Jane Mast.