(1892-1980) US vaudeville, stage, and film actress. She wrote her own dialogue, setting herself up as a provocative sex symbol and the mistress of verbal innuendo. She appeared on Broadway in Sex 1926, Drag 1927, and Diamond Lil 1928, which was the basis of the film (with Cary Grant) She Done Him Wrong 1933. Her other films include I’m No Angel 1933, My Little Chickadee 1940 (with W C Fields), Myra Breckinridge 1969, and Sextette 1977. Both her plays and her films led to legal battles over censorship.
Two of her often quoted lines are “It’s better to be looked over than to be overlooked”, and “Beulah, peel me a grape”. Her autobiography, Goodness Had Nothing to Do with It, was published 1959.
ETYM AS. west, adv; akin to Dutch west, German west, westen, Old High Germ. westan, Icel. vestr, Swed. vest, vester, vestan, Dan. vest, vesten, and perhaps to Latin vesper evening, Greek. Related to Vesper, Visigoth.
The cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees; SYN. due west, W.
1. The countries of (originally) Europe and (now including) North and South America; Also called: occident.
2. The region of the United States lying to the west of the Mississippi River.
3. City in Texas (USA); zip code 76691.
4. Town in Mississippi (USA); zip code 39192.