Mae West is charged with ten days in jail for obscenity in a play that she wrote and starred in.

Mae West was not afraid to express herself  creatively. This iconic American playwright legend used her deathly weapons of voluptuous curves, a pretty face, and innuendos to get what she wanted.

On this day, April 19th, in 1927, the provocative Mae West was sentenced to ten days behind bars due to obscenity in one of her plays. The play written and starred by West made its debut on Broadway in 1926 and was seen by over 325,000 people. A year later, the NYPD raided the playhouse and charged her for being “too provocative” in public. The judge reportedly dated West for eight of her days in prison, and she was released two days early on accounts of “good” behavior.