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!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Texas Guinan: Julia Hoyt

Broadway actress JULIA HOYT, who was a regular at all the TEXAS GUINAN nightspots, died at age 58 on Hallowe'en: 31 October 1955.

• • Hoping to advance her stage career, Julia Hoyt hooked up with debonair leading man LOUIS CALHERN [1895-1956], whom she met when both were cast in a 1927 drama The Dark, which had a brief run at the Lyceum Theatre. Hoyt and Calhern were seen together often at Texas Guinan's during their short-lived marriage [1927-1932].
• • Louis Calhern played "Madden" - - a character based on Texas Guinan's friend Owney Madden - - in "Night After Night." He had one scene in it. Starring MAE WEST and GEORGE RAFT, the film opened at the Paramount Theatre on 31 October 1932.
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• • Illustration: Julia Hoyt • • 1921 • •

Texas Guinan.