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'We can only marvel at the business acumen of a woman who invented the droit morale in her Paramount contracts, meaning each film had to be made "to her satisfaction"'

As if Mae West's mix of talents – comedian, playwright, director, producer, novelist and sex siren, weren't enough to make any writer impale herself on her pen, West was also a feminist who makes Madonna look like Julie Andrews, an intellectual who rubbed shoulders with the Roosevelts, and a civil libertarian who went to jail in defence of freedom of expression.

Today, when the only creative muscle exercised by cinema stars is in their control-top tights, and screen-writers are the most put-upon of literary prostitutes, we can only marvel at the business acumen of a woman who invented the droit morale in her Paramount contracts, meaning each film had to be made "to her satisfaction".

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- Kathy Lette

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