Quotation by Clive James

She [Mae West] supplied much of her own dialogue and delivered it with enough eyeball-rolling suggestiveness to disguise the fact that she didn't really look very sexy, she just sounded it. Her style was innuendo con brio. Garbo's sensual appeal was based on the assumption that her personality was a castle with no drawbridge; a successful suitor would have to climb the ivy. With Mae West there was a highway to the front door.
Clive James (b. 1939), Australian author, critic, actor. Fame in the 20th Century, ch. 2, Random House (1993).
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