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Mae West Made this "Insane" Film in her 80's

Clip: 06/16/2020 | 4m 19s | Video has closed captioning.

The film "Sextette," which Mae West made when she was in her 80's, was actually a "radical power move," according to comedian Natasha Lyonne. It demonstrated West's supreme confidence as a woman trying to defy the taboo against sexual older women. At the same time, it showed that the persona Mae West created in the 30's was so original that it could endure into the 1970's and beyond.

Aired: 06/16/20

Rating: NR

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