The Blond Bombshell

The Blond Bombshell

On April 19, 1927,  Mae West was convicted of  “obscenity and corrupted the morals of youth” for her performance of the play Sex, which she also wrote.  She was fined $500.00 and sentenced to 10 days in jail. She arrived, by limo, at the correction facility wearing a garland of white roses.  During her incarceration, she had dinner with the warden and his wife, and instead of wearing prison issued underwear, she wore her own silk under garments.  She was released after eight days because she earned two days for good behavior. She commented to reporters that this was, “the first I ever got anything for good behavior.”  This scandal not only helped propel her to stardom, it made her the second highest paid person in the United States by 1935.  She was second to William Randolph Hearst.





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