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, August 21, 2006

Texas Enchants a Tour Group

New York, NY: On Sunday 20 August 2006, more than two dozen MAE WEST and TEXAS GUINAN fans gathered on West Ninth Street.

Starting at Village Restaurant [62 West 9th Street], the group saw photographs of the eatery when it was Paul & Joe's - - the gay cabaret that inspired MAE to write her controversial play "THE DRAG," a work that kicked New York's legal machinery into gear on 9 February 1927. MAE spent that evening in Jefferson Market Police Court and was forced to stay overnight in Jefferson Market Jail.

• • The group enjoyed comparing archival photos of TEXAS GUINAN's former residences with the buildings that exist today.

• • The walking tour was sweetened by brunch at Village served with the Cos-MAE-Politan cocktail, garnished with a plump raspberry. Raffle prizes were carried home by handsome Terry Hofler of Riverdale, who won a silk bowtie - - "Newseum" - - courtesy of Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont; and elegant Ellen Christine, who won a collection of TEXAS GUINAN films courtesy of the Guinan Family Archives. Ellen Christine, who runs a vintage millinery and apparel emporium [255 West 18th Street, NYC 10011], especially loves the Roaring 20s and can't wait to cosy up with "The Gun Woman" and other silents starring the speakeasy queen.
• • Thank you, MAE WEST, for sending perfect sunshiny days that enhanced the events taking place during the ANNUAL MAE WEST GALA.
• • Source: Village Restaurant • •
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• • Photograph: enjoying archival images of Texas Guinan at the opening of "Onstage Outlaws: Mae West and Texas Guinan in a Lawless Era" • •

Texas Guinan.