Texas Guinan

Actress



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Mary Louise Cecilia \"Texas\" Guinan (January 12, 1884 – November 5, 1933 - (aged 49)) was an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. In 1906, she moved to New York City, where she found work as a chorus girl before making a career for herself in national vaudeville and in New York theater productions. In 1917, \"Texas\" Guinan made her film debut in a silent film called The Wildcat. She became the United States\'s first movie cowgirl, nicknamed \"The Queen of the West\". She claimed she had a sojourn in France, entertaining the troops during World War I. Guinan returned to the screen with two sound pictures, playing slightly fictionalized versions of herself as a speakeasy proprietress in Queen of the Night Clubs (1929) and then Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933, written by Winchell) shortly before her death. <br><br> During the Great Depression (in which she reportedly lost a sizable amount of her personal wealth), she took her show on the road. She made a sally towards Europe, but her reputation preceded her, and she was denied entry at every European sea port. She turned this to her advantage by launching a satirical revue, Too Hot For Paris. She was one of the first female emcees. Upon the introduction of Prohibition, she opened a speakeasy called the 300 Club at 151 W. 54th Street in New York City (1920). The club became famous for its troupe of 40 scantily clad fan dancers and for Guinan\'s distinctive aplomb, which made her a celebrity. Arrested several times for serving alcohol and providing entertainment, she always claimed that the patrons had brought the liquor in with them, and the club was so small that the girls had to dance close to the customers. Guinan maintained that she had never sold an alcoholic drink in her life.While on the road with Too Hot For Paris, she contracted amoebic dysentery in Chicago, Illinois, during the epidemic in the Congress Hotel; she fell ill in Vancouver, British Columbia, and died there on November 5, 1933, at the age of 49, exactly one month before Prohibition was repealed<Br> Source: <A Href=\"Https://En.Wikipedia.Org/Wiki/Main_Page\" Target=\"_blank\" Rel=\"Me Nofollow\"> Https://En.Wikipedia.Org/Wiki/Main_Page</A>