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Mae West

Who she is: An American actress, playwright, and screenwriter who got her start in Vaudeville before becoming a movie star and comedian in Hollywood.

Why she's scandalous: As a writer, many of Mae West's screenplays were heavily censored, like her film Belle of the Nineties that was originally titled It Ain't No Sin. The controversial sex symbol was also known for her double entendres, like: "I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it."