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, November 20, 2005

Texas Guinan with Fatty Arbuckle

Before the death of Virginia Rappe in 1921, before the non-stop media coverage of the murder trial, Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle [March 24, 1887 – June 29, 1933] was an established silent film star. Here he serenades two women whose careers were not yet established: Vivian Duncan [of the "Duncan Sisters"] and Texas Guinan. Their court room days would alter the picture. After the trial, however, Fatty Arbuckle appeared several times on the same stagebill as Texas Guinan.
Coincidentally, he suffered a fatal heart attack at age 46 in the summer of 1933, the same year that Texas would die at age 49.


Illustration: Sixth Avenue El on West 8th Street: Edward C. Caswell
Texas Guinan.