Mae West (1893-1980) was an actress known for her larger than life persona and arch, sexually-charged delivery of dialogue (often rife with double entendres). After a career on stage, she became a movie star (in both mediums, often writing her own material). Her most famous line was "Why don't you come up and see me some time?"
She starred in She Done Him Wrong (with Cary Grant), Belle of the Nineties, and My Little Chickadee (with W. C. Fields), while making a comeback attempt in the offbeat 1970 film Myra Breckenridge (with Raquel Welch). West was a sex symbol, one of the most iconic movie stars of old Hollywood, and subject of the Salvador Dali painting Mae West's Face which May be Used as a Surrealist Apartment.
- In episode 120 of The Muppet Show, guest star Valerie Harper impersonates Mae West during the song "Broadway Baby."
- In the fifth season Muppet Babies episode "Muppets Not Included," a clip of Mae West is included during the "Celebrity Circle" segment.
- In a Sesame Street show skit called "In, On, and Under," the voice of Vivian Vase is based on Mae West.
- In 1999, Miss Piggy spoke in tribute to Mae West in the special AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars: "She was... moi, even before moi was moi."