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, December 01, 2005

Texas Guinan Elopes: Dec. 2, 1904

The year was 1904.
On December 2nd, 20-year-old "Marie" Guinan eloped with her fiance "Moy."

This year was 1908.
Texas Guinan, 24, newly separated from her husband, newspaper cartoonist John J. Moynahan (who was living and working in Chicago) had taken a room on the run-down rim of Washington Square South. Still in love with his wife, and worried about her, "Moy" was sending her a few dollars every week. Determined to break into show business, Texas Guinan would soon find out that roles were plentiful in New York. Unfortunately, rehearsals were payless and ran from 3 - 10 weeks. Many times she walked through Washington Square Park with an empty stomach and a dimly focused future in her head. This is what her eyes saw.

Photo: Washington Square Park [circa 1913]
Texas Guinan.