American actress and singer Mae West, was born on this day in 1893. West's career began on vaudeville during her teenage years, under the moniker 'Baby Mae', while she incorporated various personas into her act. She eventually ended up on Broadway, where she directed and starred in a 1926 play titled, 'Sex'. The play drew the ire of religious groups and subsequently local officials, who prosecuted her for moral charges. Her success and publicity on Broadway led her to signing a contract with Paramount Pictures in 1932, where she would star in films like, 'She Done Him Wrong' (1933), 'I'm No Angel' (1933), 'Belle of the Nineties' (1934), and 'Klondike Annie' (1936), the first two of which co-starred Cary Grant. Aside from her acting career, West released several albums, including, 'The Fabulous Mae West' (1955) and 'Way Out West' (1966).