Mae West

Mae West was a controversial playwright, singer, comedian and actress known for her double entendres and troubles with censorship. In December 1947, she made her one and only appearance on the Hippodrome stage in a play, which ran for a week, that she had written entitled Diamond Lil. The play was about an easy going, racy lady of the 1890s, with Mae playing the title role. The Birmingham reviews of her performance made more comments of her increased weight, stating that she was literally bringing more to her role in the UK than she did when she appeared on Broadway, rather than commenting on her acting or the theme of the play.