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!

Friday, December 30, 2005

Texas Talks

The year was 1927.

New York's reigning queen of nightlife Texas Guinan was taped by newsmen while waiting to board a ship. In this footage, Texas and a group of pretty young women sing "Hail, hail, the gang's all here!" Then Guinan, in close-up, talks about going to jail.
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Illustration: Texas Guinan

Texas Guinan.