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!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Texas Guinan Says: 14-K Wisdom

In her popular newspaper column, Texas Guinan Says, the nightingale of nightlife often fictionalized mundane episodes in her life to amuse her audience. But tossed in with the gossamer, the white lies, and the flights of fance would be a nugget of solid stuff.
Here's timeless advice from Texas:
If you want anything bad enough, go out and fight for it. Work day and night in order to achieve the goal. Sacrifice your time, your peace, your sleep. Sweat for it, fret for it. Plan for it. Lose your terror of God or man for it. Hold fast to the pillars of faith, hope, confidence, stern pertinacity. Defy cold poverty, pain of body and brain. Besiege and beset for it, and you are bound to win.
Doncha love her madly?

PHOTO: Jefferson Market Night Court or Bust [Texas in 1926]