Born on 12 January 1884 in Waco, Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan played a gun-slinger and rode bareback in silent films, took New York by storm in 1906, and earned a salary of $700,000 as a speakeasy hostess. Here are highlights from a life led at full speed until 5 November 1933. Meet TEXAS GUINAN!

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Texas Guinan: Doris Eaton

Oh those days when TEXAS GUINAN offered world-class whoopee at the El Fey Club and Club Intime.
• • Let us talk about two sisters Texas knew:  Pearl Eaton [1 August 1898 — 10 September 1958] and Doris Eaton Travis [14 March 1904  — 11 May 2010], a former Ziegfeld Follies star (and the last surviving Ziegfeld girl).
• • In the 2003 memoir by Doris Eaton Travis, "The Days We Danced: The Story of my Theatrical Family," the stage star  reminisced about her sister Pearl Eaton. "Pearl worked in several supper clubs in the 1920s. But her longest stay at any one club was with Texas Guinan at the famous El Fey Club at 107 West 45th Street, which opened in 1924. It was owned by a shady and notorious character named Larry Fay.  . . . Larry actually asked me out to dinner on one occasion, but I declined, making it clear Mama did not allow me to go out with 'older men'," wrote Doris who was 20 years old in 1924.
• • According to several sources, showbiz was rough country for the Eaton brothers and sisters, who packed plenty of alcohol and drugs along for the ride.
• • From 1916 — 1928, Pearl Eaton was on The Great White Way, performing in musicals, revues, and shows by Ziegfeld and Earl Carroll.  Doris said:  “Florenz Ziegfeld, to us and our family, was just a delightful person. My sisters, Mary and Pearl, my brother Charlie and I all worked for him, and he treated us just beautifully, almost like a father. When I went with my mother up to his office, he was always gentlemanly and kindly. He was sort of a quiet person.”
• • But Tinseltown, that rocky terrain where screen dreams rise, settle, surge, and slide, was an unsteady employer.  Pearl Eaton tip-toed through from 1929 — 1936, offered merely the shallowest breathing space inside ten films. "Klondike Annie" was the last of these.
• • But the good news is that Doris and Pearl Eaton are making their presence known at their old haunt in midtown Manhattan.
• • This weekend, the charming supper club entrepreneur, Herve Rousseau, who has owned Flute (205 West 54th Street) since 1997 — — the site of Texas Guinan's Club Abbey and Club Intime — — was being interviewed for the upcoming documentary "In the Footsteps of Texas Guinan." He shared this fascinating story with us.
• • Herve Rousseau explained that, a few years ago, he was buying new art for his club. "I must have looked at well over 10,000 prints and I selected ten pieces. I showed these to my wife, my employees, and some friends. The choice was unanimous. Everybody liked the same female portrait the best. So I bought it and we hung it up opposite the entrance. One night, one of my regular clients looked at the artwork more closely and told me the portrait was of Doris Eaton.  This was several years ago, when she was promoting her new memoir."
• • Herve Rousseau continued: "I researched her name and discovered she had been a guest at Texas Guinan's clubs and her sister Pearl Eaton had worked for Texas and Larry Fay. Now she's back here again."
• • This was a "goosebumps" moment for all the listeners. What a great story.
• • Photo: Herve Rousseau and the camera crew at Flute on 2 April 2016
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• • The legal battles fought by Mae West and Jim Timony are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets," set during the Prohibition Era. Texas Guinan is in some scenes, too.
Watch a scene on YouTube.

• • Website for all things Mae West http://MaeWest.blogspot.com 

• • Exciting Texas Guinan news is on the horizon. More anon.
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• • Herve Rousseau at 205 West 54th Street • •

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Saturday, April 02, 2016

Texas Guinan: Hyman Edson

Oh those days when TEXAS GUINAN offered world-class whoopee at Club Intime and her gallant gun-toting "galahad" was ever on call.
• • Born in Manhattan and raised on the Bowery, Hyman H. Edson [1894 —1964] was a career criminal but retained the after-glow of being associated with Texas Guinan and the affection of gossip columnists.
• • During the speakeasy era, the gun-toting Hyman “Feets” Edson was described in newspaper articles as Guinan’s “manager,” a “broker,” her “faithful henchman,” or (in 1926) “a tired business man, alleged to have had liquor on his person.”  
• • When Guinan opened a Merrick Road speakeasy, it was noted that “Feets” Edson was operating the club directly opposite hers.
• • Last Sucker at Club Intime, 205 West 54th Street • •
• • New York, April 28, 1929 — — Texas Guinan's Club Intime was evicted from the Hotel Harding on West 54th st., Saturday afternoon by City Marshal Michael J. Kennedy, jr., who acted on an order obtained from municipal court by Mrs. Tillie Landauer, landlord of the hotel. 
• • Kennedy and his assistants piled the pianos. chairs, tables, draperies and other furnishings of the club on the sidewalk, as Tommy Guinan, brother of Texas, and Hyman Edson, her faithful henchman, looked mournfully on. The belongings were not long on the sidewalk. The draperies were taken away by a cleaning concern and the other stuff went to a warehouse. 
• • Tommy Guinan and Edson were discussing the prospects of the club's reopening when Marshal Kennedy arrived. "Who are you?" they asked. 
• • "I'm probably the last sucker to step in here," said Kennedy. "I'm the city marshal and I'm going to give the little girl a great big hand."
• • In December 1964, Edson was killed in a car accident. On January 26, 1965, Broadway columnist Leonard Lyon wrote: "Feets Edson, the colorful Texas Guinan character who was killed in an auto accident last month, was suing George Raft for libel."
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• • The legal battles fought by Mae West and Jim Timony are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets," set during the Prohibition Era. Texas Guinan is in some scenes, too.
Watch a scene on YouTube.

• • Website for all things Mae West http://MaeWest.blogspot.com 

• • Exciting Texas Guinan news is on the horizon. More anon.
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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Texas Guinan: 1819 Broadway

Oh those days when TEXAS GUINAN offered world-class whoopee onscreen and leased a film office at 1819 Broadway (at the N.W. corner of 59th Street, overlooking Central Park).  She rented Suite # 712.  
• • The silent screen star had made dozens of Westerns for the Frohman Amusement Company, Merit Films (130 West 46th St.), and others. It was time to show the world she could do it better. Here is her announcement in August 1921.
• • Despite an ambitious volley of ads in the trade publications (such as this one below), TGP would only release two titles. These two were "Texas of the Mounted" (in which she played a male and female role) and "The Code of the West" in 1921. These would be her last two silent films.
• • Texas Guinan in Two-Reelers  Produced by Her Own Company • •
• • The Texas Guinan Productions recently organized, announces it will produce a series of twelve two-reel Western dramas of an original nature, starring Miss Guinan, to be released on the state-right market, commencing September 15.  The productions will be adaptations from authors of prominence who have specialized in Western characterization and it is said will portray the true Western character, supported by themes embracing heart interest and pathos. It is understood that a prominent state-right producer will supervise the production, exploitation and distribution. In addition, Miss Guinan will also produce two five-reel or six-reel Western Specials and has already secured an option on a popular Western novel.
• • The Eastern executive offices are located in New York. Production work will be on the West Coast. The first six stories have already been acquired. Two of them call for locations in Montana and Arizona and the producing company will photograph these attractions at the exact locale named by the authors of the stories.
• • An extensive advertising campaign will be inaugurated.
• • Marion Kohn, of the Federated  Film Exchange of California, has already closed California, Arizona,  and Nevada, and three other exchanges have wired in offers on their territories.
• • It is also planned that for a period of eight weeks after the completion of the first series of twelve releases to have Miss Guinan make a personal tour throughout the United States, appearing in an act having been written for her in which she will employ her favorite broncho "Honey Dew," presented to her by the citizens of Waco, Texas, her home town.
• • Miss Guinan is not a  novice in the making of two-reel Western productions, having starred in two other series.
• • Source:   The Moving Picture World (page 610); published on 6 August 1921 
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• • The legal battles fought by Mae West and Jim Timony are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets," set during the Prohibition Era. Texas Guinan is in some scenes, too.
Watch a scene on YouTube.

• • Website for all things Mae West http://MaeWest.blogspot.com 

• • Exciting Texas Guinan news is on the horizon. More anon.
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Friday, March 18, 2016

Texas Guinan: George Chesebro

TEXAS GUINAN starred in approximately 33 silent films made by a handful of production companies, including Mack Sennett’s Triangle Film Corporation (four films in 1917–1918), Frohman Amusement Corporation (thirteen two-reelers in 1919), Bull’s Eye / Reelcraft Film Company (twelve two-reelers in 1920), and Victor Kremer Productions (two features in 1921).
• • Texas made numerous silent films with George Chesebro as her co-star such as "The She Wolf." In case you are wondering, George played "the stranger" and Texas played the fearless gun-toting "she wolf" in the title. This was the first entry in a series of 26 two-reel thrillers starring Texas Guinan, released every two weeks beginning Saturday, 10 May 1919.
• • Together she and George made these silent films:  "The She Wolf" (1919), "South of Santa Fe" (1919), "Some Gal" (1919), "The Girl of Hell's Agony" (1919).
• • George Chesebro • •
• • Born in Minnesota, George Chesebro [29 July 1888 — 28 May 1959] was an American film actor. After returned from the war, he appeared in more than 400 films between 1915 and 1954, beginning in two-reelers starring Texas Guinan. According to her biographer, there was a hot little romance going on for awhile.
• • Then came this announcement in the trade papers: George Cheseboro is married.  He is now in the serial, "The Hope Diamond Mystery," with Grace Darmond. [Tuesday, May 31, 1921 news item]
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• • The legal battles fought by Mae West and Jim Timony are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets," set during the Prohibition Era. Texas Guinan is in some scenes, too.
Watch a scene on YouTube.

• • Website for all things Mae West http://MaeWest.blogspot.com 

• • Exciting Texas Guinan news is on the horizon. More anon.
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• • "Some Gal" (1919) • •

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Texas Guinan: Daniel Frohman

Silent film actress TEXAS GUINAN met Daniel Frohman when she was in her mid-30s and remembered the encounter as a "great day" in her life.
• • Daniel Frohman honored • •
• • At the testimonial dinner to Daniel Frohman, on Sunday night, Texas Guinan was among those who were there to pay tribute to Mr. Frohman, who was celebrating his fiftieth year in theatricals.

• • "There are two great days in my life," Miss Guinan said emotionally, "the day I met Daniel Frohman. And the day . . ."
• • lnterrupted a heckler, "And the day that you saddled Paul Revere's horse before rumble seats were invented . . .!" came a very loud shout.
• • Source:  Item rpt in The Scranton Republican (Scranton, Pennsylvania); published on 3 December 1930.
• • Daniel Frohman [22 August 1851 — 26 December 1940] was an American theatrical producer and manager, and an early film producer.
• • Texas made numerous silent films with his company,  Frohman Amusement Corp. in 1919 such as "The She Wolf" co-starring  George Chesebro.

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• • The legal battles fought by Mae West and Jim Timony are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets," set during the Prohibition Era. Texas Guinan is in some scenes, too.
Watch a scene on YouTube.

• • Website for all things Mae West http://MaeWest.blogspot.com 

• • Exciting Texas Guinan news is on the horizon. More anon.
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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Texas Guinan: Wilson Mizner

TEXAS GUINAN was friends with Wilson Mizner. In 1928, she floated the story that she was considering marrying him. There was one kink. If only he would propose.
• • "Texas Guinan to try again" • •
• • Texas Guinan, queen of the night clubs, who is ready to commit matrimony — — and with her Wilson Mizner, author, playwright, traveler, bon vivant, wit and millionaire. There is one obstacle in Texas's path. She does not know whether she can get the only man she would have — — this man being Wilson Mizner.  Texas said she is badly smitten but not desperate. She is waiting for Wilson to make up his mind.
• • Note: Wilson Mizner [1876 — 1933] is noted for many bons mots such as, "Be nice to people on the way up because you'll meet the same people on the way down," and, "If you copy from one author, it's plagiarism. If you copy from two, it's research."
• • Source:  The Milwaukee Sentinel; published on Thursday, 15 November 1928
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• • The legal battles fought by Mae West and Jim Timony are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets," set during the Prohibition Era. Texas Guinan is in some scenes, too.
Watch a scene on YouTube.

• • Website for all things Mae West http://MaeWest.blogspot.com 

• • Exciting Texas Guinan news is on the horizon. More anon.
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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Texas Guinan: 0. 0. McIntyre

The media people kissed TEXAS GUINAN and she kissed and cooed right back. One of the faithful scribes who often serenaded her in print was 0. 0. McIntyre, who was born in the same year as the Waco cowgirl: 1884. 
• • For a quarter of a century, his daily column, “New York Day by Day,” was published in more than 500 newspapers. Texas Guinan does not rebuke an annoying customer with "Hello, Sucker!" She now cries. "You are just a cover charge to me," he noted in his column dated  Sunday, 17 August 1930.   "Texas Guinan made $700,000 in the most prosperous year of her night club reign," he revealed to his readers on Sunday, 10 December 1933.
• • Oscar Odd McIntyre [18 February 1884 — 14 February 1938] • • 
• • Hedda Hopper wrote: Any newspaper man knows names make news. No one recognized this better than the gentleman who was probably the daddy of the personality news column way back in the roaring '20s. That would be 0. 0. McIntyre.
• • Texas Guinan's name was often sandwiched into his delicious buffet of a column. Lionized by the columnist often during her speakeasy hostess era, Texas seemed to be no less alive to him and worthy of praise after 1933. Here is one example.
• • New York, NY — —  April 16th — — The most popular night club hostess New York has ever known was, of course, Texas Guinan, with Helen Morgan a runner-up.  . . .
• • Source:  "New York Day by Day" by 0. 0. Mclntyre, syndicated column rpt in Herald-Journal; published on Friday, 17 April 1936
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• • The legal battles fought by Mae West and Jim Timony are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets," set during the Prohibition Era. Texas Guinan is in some scenes, too.
Watch a scene on YouTube.

• • Website for all things Mae West http://MaeWest.blogspot.com 

• • Exciting Texas Guinan news is on the horizon. More anon.
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