Texas Guinan: Queen of the Quotable
In 1907, after divorcing her first husband -— newspaper cartoonist Jack Moynahan -— after five years of marriage, Texas Guinan moved to Manhattan, though she did not settle down there for another decade. She became a vaudeville gypsy, touring and performing onstage in far-off outposts of the American hinterlands.
Eventually, she would have two more husbands: newspaperman Julian Johnson and actor David Townsend [although her biographers have questioned the legality of these marriages]. Even when she took a lover, Texas remained the mistress of her fate.
"It's having the same man around the house all the time that ruins matrimony!" she would wisecrack.