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, September 13, 2006

Texas Guinan: Sin Was In!

On 30 September 1933, a California newspaper The San Francisco Rounder printed an article about the ever-popular Texas Guinan.
• • "What Sin Racket? No! You're Wrong!" featured her views framed around the witty soundbites that made her very popular with the press. Such a vibrant woman. This might be the last interview that the 49-year-old entertainer gave before her untimely death in November 1933.
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• • Illustration: one panel 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.