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!

Friday, November 18, 2005

Texas Guinan in Greenwich Village

By 1907, Texas had tucked out to the East Coast to take to the stage. Reginald DeKoven had said he'd give her a job if she ever came to New York, and Tex finagled her way into his current production: The Snowman [a.k.a. The Girls of Holland, which is the new title it used when it arrived on Broadway in November 1907].
Tex had gotten herself a room in a run-down Greenwich Village boarding house at 72 Washington Square South. She paid $2 a week for rent and breakfast.

Illustration shows Judson Memorial Church and the buildings east of it around 1900. Situated between Wooster and Thompson Streets in 1907, 72 Washington Square South was a 4-story brick building on a lot size of 23' x 104.8' -- not far from a rooming house known as "The House of Genius" [61 Washington Square South].
Texas Guinan.