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Mae West Returns to the Orpheum for Theatre's 94th Anniversary!

The historic Orpheum Theatre turns 94 on Jan 5, 2023!

Come up and see us to celebrate with a screening of Mae West's "I'm No Angel"!

Mae West was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1893. Much of her early theatrical work was on stage or in vaudeville. She occasionally ran afoul of the law because of the "bawdy" language she used.

She was signed to a contract by Paramount Pictures in 1932. She made her film debut in 1932, with a supporting role in "Night After Night" (starring George Raft). She managed to ad-lib a few lines that found their way into the finished product.

In the following year she starred in two films, "She Done Him Wrong" and "I'm No Angel". She wrote the script for both films, which were huge money-makers for the Studio. She earned about $300,000 (about $3,900,000 in today's money) for "I'm No Angel". Both films featured Cary Grant, then in the beginning of his long and successful career.

Mae West was also known for a series of "one-liners" that she used in her films and in her plays and radio appearances. Many were thought-to-be in bad taste, such as: "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."

Mae West appeared at the Orpheum twice. Once in 1933 to promote the premier of "I'm No Angel" and again in 1951 as "Diamond Lil" when the theatre was known as the Paramount.

West made nine films between 1932 and 1940, and then only three more between 1942 and 1977. She died in 1980 at age 87.

See Mae West in "I'm No Angel" at the Orpheum Theatre at 7:00p on Thur, Jan 5, 2023.

Get tickets at

Doors at5 6:30p. $16 - General Admission

Mae West in "I'm No Angel" is presented by the Friends of the Orpheum Theatre.


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