Texas Guinan: Wishbone
The year was 1908. Texas Guinan was hired to play the part of Rita Santacierci, a supporting role in the three-hour comedy with music "The Hoyden."
The play had been written for the sublimely talented Elise Janis, who had starred onstage since the age of 8. Texas Guinan joined the production when the show was in Chicago at the Studebaker Theatre, May 17 - June 20, 1908.
Chicago critics noted that Texas was "handsome, clever, and a decided feature in the reckoning of support." Texas Guinan was getting her wish: the critics were paying attention.
Illustration: Elsie Janis [1889-1956] in "The Hoyden" -- a song sheet from 1908