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, November 25, 2015

Texas Guinan: 300 Club

Oh those days when TEXAS GUINAN offered world-class whoopee at her 300 Club on West 54th Street. [Alas, the building was razed and the address belongs to a modern midtown hotel.]
• • 300 Club — 151 West 54th Street • •
• • Actress and hostess Texas Guinan would greet her customers with “Hello suckers,” as they crowded into whatever speakeasy it was where she was holding the microphone.  
• • In July 1926, the 300 Club had a few dozen Whoopee-makers in skimpy costumes doing some gyrations onstage.  When busted by the cops, Texas Guinan used the alibi that patrons brought their own liquor with them. She swore she only sold ginger ale, tonic, and other mixers.  As to why these young dancers wiggled much too close to the clientele, the speakeasy queen explained that, oh, dear, the club was just “too small.”

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
• • 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.
Watch a scene on YouTube.

• • Website for all things Mae West http://MaeWest.blogspot.com 

• • Exciting Texas Guinan news is on the horizon. More anon.
_________________________________________________________
Source:http://texasguinan.blogspot.com/atom.xml
Add to Google

• • Photo: Texas Guinan
• • 300 Club card; 151 W. 54th today • •

Texas Guinan.

Labels: , ,