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!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Visiting Texas in New York

It's a former speakeasy in the Village. In 1920, the regulars filed through a dark-panelled portal three steps down from the pavement. Paul & Joe's was a place where people wanted to be delivered to temptation - - or wanted sin to stay in touch.
• • Visiting Texas (Guinan) in New York at 62 West Ninth Street was a rep from the Office of the Manhattan Boro President, Shaan Khan, Community Liasion.


• • Paying her respects was also Louise Berliner, who wrote a well-received bio of Texas Guinan that enthralled Madonna and Martin Scorsese. Gary Shapiro, "The Knickerbocker" columnist for The New York Sun, is a lawyer as well as a journalist. He wanted to hear more about the legal prowess of Maxwell E. Lopin, whose most famous client was Texas Guinan. Louise Berliner is the granddaughter of Lopin, whose work inspired her to get to the truth behind the legendary speakeasy hostess.
• • Left to right: columnist Gary Shapiro, dramatist LindaAnn Loschiavo, and biographer Louise Berliner.
• • Source: Village Restaurant • •
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• • Photograph: Shaan Khan examines the exhibition "Onstage Outlaws"
• • Photograph: Gary Shapiro and Louise Berliner, biographer of Texas Guinan • •

Texas Guinan.