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!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Texas: South O' Santa Fe - 1919

Before she came to New York for good, Texas Guinan was an accomplished equestrian - - born and bred in Waco, Texas - - who starred in silent films. In 1919 "South O' Santa Fe" was made for the Frohman Amusement Corp. as a two-reeler.

• • Costars included George Chesebro, Jack Richardson, Anna Purdon, and Donna Wayne.
• • Synopsis: Anna Purdon hires Texas Guinan as the foreman of her ranch where she must deal with an unruly group of ranch hands along with Anna's philandering husband.
• • Run time: 25 minutes
• • The Library of Congress has preserved the movie. [This 1919 film is in the Public Domain.]

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• • photos from the film starring Texas Guinan •

Texas Guinan.