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!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Texas Guinan: 3 Nov. 1930

On Monday 3 November 1930, TEXAS GUINAN noticed her name mentioned in an interesting item printed in Time Magazine:

• • Daily columnists in Manhattan's English-speaking press are the following: Calvin Coolidge, Herald Tribune; Arthur Brisbane, American; Mary Louise ("Texas") Guinan, Graphic; Franklin Pierce Adams, World; Frank Sullivan, World; Will Rogers, New York Times; Neal O'Hara, Evening World; Harry Irving Phillips, New York Sun; Karl Kingsley Kitchen, New York Sun; Beverly Smith, Herald Tribune; Heywood Broun, Telegram; Russel Crouse, Post; Harry Acton, American; Leo T. Heatley, Journal; Louis Sobol, Graphic; Sidney Skolsky, News; Mark Hellinger, N.Y. Daily Mirror; Walter Winchell, N.Y. Daily Mirror.

• • A weekly columnist on Zit's Theatrical Newspaper is its managing editor, Paul Sweinhart. Last week he wrote: "I've just heard . . . that the crack was made the other morning in a night club that a certain daily newspaper columnist will be bumped off within six months."
• • Broadway's news-wise readers associated this warning NOT with the columnists Coolidge, Brisbane, Guinan, Broun, nor a dozen others, but instinctively thought first of gossip-cop Walter Winchell (TIME Magazine, 17 June 1929). New York has heard before the rumor of threats against his life. Not loath to dramatize his position, Winchell himself has helped circulate the impression that "some day. . . ".
• • Characteristic is the legend that he has placed in a safe deposit box the names of those who might cheerfully see him "rubbed out," with a detailed account of their motives.
• • Some Walter Winchell "cracks" during the past two months:  "Evelyn Dallas, who got all that publicity when Geo. White discovered her in Florida, was dumped with others . . . Harry Richman, however, diamond-wrist watched her, and she likes . . . [excerpt from the article].
• • N.B.: Walter Winchell, Mark Hellinger, Sidney Skolsky, Heywood Broun, and Franklin Pierce Adams were among the best customers at Texas Guinan's night clubs. Tex inherited this following from her close friend in Greenwich Village, the first person arrested for violation of the Volstead Act.
• • During the 1920s, night club was always two words as in "Queen of the Night Clubs."
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• • "In the Footsteps of Texas Guinan" on SEED&SPARK
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• • The legal battles fought by Mae West and Jim Timony are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West: Sex, Censorship, and Secrets," set during the Prohibition Era. Texas Guinan is in some scenes, too.
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• • her good buddy Walter Winchell • •

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