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!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Texas & The Gang

New York, NY: Enjoying the archival images and illustrations of Texas Guinan on August 17, 2006 - - at the ANNUAL MAE WEST GALA - - are vocalist MARNIE BAUMER, CONRAD BRADFORD [who designed the exhibition], PHYLLIS KUNG, DAVID CHANG, Legislative Aide to New York Senator TOM DUANE, and LINDA ANN LOSCHIAVO, who organized the press preview. Also taking in the installation on August 17th were SAM SHEPARD and JESSICA LANGE, while dining at Village Restaurant; though neither had ever heard of TEXAS GUINAN, both were thorougly fascinated by the installation.

• • The giftbags were glorious, too.
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• • Source: Village Restaurant • •
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• • Photograph: enjoying archival images of Texas Guinan at the opening of "Onstage Outlaws: Mae West and Texas Guinan in a Lawless Era" • •

Texas Guinan.