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!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Texas: Gun Woman - 1918

Capable of shooting sparks of charisma across the stage of the Manhattan Opera House as well as a prairie, Texas Guinan strapped on her holster in 1918, shortly after her 34th birthday.

Energetic and electrifying in person, Texas loved nothing more than a new challenge. Years before she became a nightclub hostess in The Big Apple and carried a gun for protection, Texas played the role of a saloon-keeper out West onscreen.
• • Triangle Film Corp. produced this "Silent Western" and released it on 8 February 1918.
• • Gun Woman was directed by Frank Borzage; it co-starred Francis McDonald and Edward Brady.
• • Synopsis: Texas Guinan plays a saloon-keeper who falls in love with the wrong guy. She lends him money to buy a house expecting that they will soon be married. Taking the money, the varmint moves to another town and starts his own saloon. Texas gets her revenge, of course. [Run time: 62 minutes. The Library of Congress has preserved the movie.]
• • Photographs from Gun Woman.
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• • photos from the film starring Texas Guinan •

Texas Guinan.