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!

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Texas Guinan: Public Nuisance?

Texas GUINAN to Be Heard July 19 on Nuisance Charge
Denies She Owns Night Club or That She Ever Sold Liquor

publication: Brooklyn Standard Union
1 July 1928

Having furnished bail to the extent of $1,000, Texas GUINAN is free until July 19, when her presence will be desired in the Federal Court to explain why her latest night club is not a nuisance.
This [it will be remembered] will be the fifth time since the blonde night club hostess first hit the street of twinkling lights, that she has had to explain away a similar charge. Yesterday in the Federal Courts Building, she seemed very cheerful and refused to take the matter seriously.
"I don't own a night club and never have." she declared. "So far as liquor is concerned, I don't care if they never make another glass of whiskey. I offered District Attorney Buckner a certified check for $100,000 once, if he could prove that I had ever either taken or sold a drink in my life."
With her in the court was Helen MORGAN, a sister night club hostess, for whom court experiences are not quite so frequent, and who seemed somewhat subdued by it. She, too, denied that she was ever an owner of night club and adding that since she did not own the club or any part of it, how, she demanded, could she be maintaining a public nuisance. . . .
- Brooklyn Standard Union * * 1 July 1928 -