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!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Texas Guinan: Queen of the Quotable

In 1907, after divorcing her first husband -— newspaper cartoonist Jack Moynahan -— after five years of marriage, Texas Guinan moved to Manhattan, though she did not settle down there for another decade. She became a vaudeville gypsy, touring and performing onstage in far-off outposts of the American hinterlands.

Eventually, she would have two more husbands: newspaperman Julian Johnson and actor David Townsend [although her biographers have questioned the legality of these marriages]. Even when she took a lover, Texas remained the mistress of her fate.
"It's having the same man around the house all the time that ruins matrimony!" she would wisecrack.
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Texas Guinan.