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, September 08, 2006

Texas by Sharon Kay Hunt

Good girls go to heaven (it's been said) - - but bad girls go everywhere.

• • That certainly applies to this superb rendition by artist Sharon Kay Hunt of Texas Guinan, whose shoot-em-up photoplay The Gun Woman opened at the Loew's Theatre (Broadway) on 1 February 1918. This much-admired painting was displayed at Village Restaurant in a unique Western-style frame that set it off from the other portraits.
• • Actress Jessica Lange was one of many guests who were mesmerized by Hunt's deft artwork. "I never knew who Texas Guinan was," admitted Lange at the VIP opening on August 17, 2006, "but I'm in favor of New York City history being narrated through the viewpoints of two remarkable women."
• • A copy of this wonderful portrait will be installed soon at The Cowgirl Hall of Fame on Hudson Street.
• • And we are in discussion with a Manhattan museum about an upcoming Texas Guinan - Mae West exhibit. Stay tuned for news on "Onstage Outlaws." Because bad girls do go everywhere. . . .

• • Source: Village Restaurant • •
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• • Photo: Sharon Kay Hunt's superb Gun Woman canvas in the exhibition "Onstage Outlaws: Mae West and Texas Guinan in a Lawless Era" at Village Restaurant • • Mae West birthday gala coverage for the events during August 2006 • • ANNUAL MAE WEST BIRTHDAY GALA • •

Texas Guinan.