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!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Texas: A Wilde Epitaph

Texas Guinan used lines from an Oscar Wilde poem for her epitaph.
And down the long and silent street,
The dawn, with silver-sandaled feet,
Crept like a frightened girl.

[- - excerpt from The Harlot's House by Oscar Wilde]

Belatedly, in honor of the November 30th death of the author:
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde [16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900]


Photo: Texas Guinan mausoleum, Calvary Cemetery, NYC
Texas Guinan.