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    Mae West

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    August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980

    At one of the ends of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, there is a steel statue named The Four Ladies. Done in the art deco style to allude to the golden age of movies, it was called by a prominent art critic "the most depressingly awful work of public art".

    The statue is supposed to be a tribute to women of multiple ethnicities that contributed to Hollywood. Symbolizing the Hispanics is Mexican-American star Dolores del Rio. Blacks are represented by Dorothy Dandridge. Anna May Wong portrays the Asians. Which leaves us with Mae West, there to stand in for white Hollywood, for better or for worse.

    Supposedly, West was picked because of her heritage: she is a mix of English, Scottish, Irish, and German, Protestant and Catholic. There's might be some Jew in there as well; West's mother was purported to have Jewish roots, but it has not been proven.

    Oh, and then there's Marilyn Monroe. Yes, the four ladies are actually five; Marilyn stands on the top of the steeple, in her famous dress-lifted pose.

    We're not art critics, but that doesn't sound too depressingly awful...

    Verdict: Sadly, Not a Jew.

    June 4, 2014

    See Also

    Lauren Bacall

    Theda Bara

    Marilyn Monroe

    Luise Rainer

    Norma Shearer
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