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!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Texas: Whirl of the World 1914

When Lee and J.J. Shubert premiered their revue "THE WHIRL OF THE WORLD" at the Winter Garden Theatre, the musical was so successful that it played 161 performances [10 January 1914 - May 1914] on Broadway. (Music by Sigmund Romberg; Book by Harold Atteridge; Lyrics by Harold Atteridge.)

• • Texas Guinan joined the cast on tour when it went west to Illinois. The audiences at Chicago's Grand Opera House fell in love with this firecracker. She performed in "WHIRL" from 31 May - 29 August 1914, then remained with the touring company as they moved onward to Detroit, Cleveland, and other cities.
• • TRIVIA: Too bad "pony princess" Texas was not part of the Winter Garden ensemble. This showplace, built in 1911 - William Albert Swasey, architect - started life as the American Horse Exchange. In 1910, the Shuberts leased the American Horse Exchange from William K.Vanderbilt ($40,000 for 40 years) and turned it into theatre.
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• • photo: Texas Guinan [1914] •

Texas Guinan.