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!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Texas Guinan: Wishbone

The year was 1908. Texas Guinan was hired to play the part of Rita Santacierci, a supporting role in the three-hour comedy with music "The Hoyden."
The play had been written for the sublimely talented Elise Janis, who had starred onstage since the age of 8. Texas Guinan joined the production when the show was in Chicago at the Studebaker Theatre, May 17 - June 20, 1908.
Chicago critics noted that Texas was "handsome, clever, and a decided feature in the reckoning of support." Texas Guinan was getting her wish: the critics were paying attention.

Illustration: Elsie Janis [1889-1956] in "The Hoyden" -- a song sheet from 1908
Texas Guinan.