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!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Texas Guinan: November 5th

New Yorkers were shocked to learn that their Queen of the Night Clubs, vivacious Texas Guinan had died on 5 November 1933.
• • In 1928
while chatting with reporter Sidney Skolsky Texas Guinan joked, "I want my funeral to be the speediest ever given. A cop on a motorcycle is to lead it."
• • Tommy Guinan went to Vancouver to sign the papers and accompany his sister home.
• • Twelve thousand turned out for a final viewing. Show business buddies filled Frank Campbell's Funeral Chapel
then located on Broadway and West 66th Street in New York, NY with large floral tributes. Movie cameras recorded it all.
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The New York Herald Tribune noted: "She was a master showman, and accomplished psychologist. . . . She had ability, too and would have been successful in any one of a dozen more conventional fields. To New York and the rest of the country Texas was a flaming leader of a period which was a lot of fun while it lasted. . . ."
• • Texas Guinan often said: "I would rather have a square inch of New York than all the rest of the world."
Non omnis moriar.
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• • Photo: Texas Guinan's funeral on Broadway • • 1933 • •

Texas Guinan.

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