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!

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Texas: 1917 Ranch Dressing

No wonder Mae West envied Texas Guinan.

• • In 1917, while Mae was getting fired from one Broadway comedy after another, Texas was building a resume of one successful "ranch romance" after another. Proving that she could shoot, ride, and project charisma onscreen even in a stark black-and-white silent movie, risk-taker Texas Guinan starred in "Outwitted," released by Reelcraft Pictures Corp. in 1917. The "Queen of the West" had no challengers then - - and still doesn't.
• • When Madonna dons her cowpoke hat to play Texas in "Hello, Suckers," get out the handkerchief, pardners.
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• • photo: Texas Guinan [1917] • Reelcraft Pictures Corp.

Texas Guinan.