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 12, 2005

Texas Was Against Going to War

The posters for many of her 2-reelers depicted the Texas Guinan character as a two-gun gal. Though she was not anti-gun, Guinan was solidly anti-war.

In her popular syndicated newspaper column Texas Guinan Says, she declared her feelings on January 5, 1931. [War] is unnecessary, it is costly, and in the end, nobdy knows what he has been fighting for. It seldom (if ever) kills off the right people. The history of war is brief as to its origins and consequences: daft, draft, graft . . . .

Texas Guinan.