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, February 05, 2006

Guinan & Stanwyck's Broadway Nights

Brooklyn native Barbara Stanwyck [16 July 1907 - 20 January 1990] broke into show business as a teen and became one of Texas Guinan's little girls.
• • Perhaps that Guinan connection guided the 20-year-old chorine into the casting director's office; fresh-faced Stanwyck played a fan dancer in 1927's silent film "Broadway Nights," which also featured Texas Guinan in the role of De Sacia Mooers.
• • By 1930, Hollywood discovered the brunette beauty. "A New Star Rises!" shouted the cover of Photoplay [July 1930].
• • Ironically, like Texas Guinan, she starred in many horse operas. "When I was a kid, I was so crazy about westerns," recalled Barbara Stanwyck in a 1968 interview. "I swore that, when I became an actress, I was just going to do that." Stanwyck would eventually become a western star, but she would be better known for her dramatic roles in high-profile Hollywood classics before she got her childhood wish.
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