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Texas Guinan

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She was a fixture within the Broadway stage who became a favorite nightclub hostess through the Prohibition and starred in Queen of the night time Clubs. She proceeded to go from barnstorming in touring businesses to playing well-known roles in takes on, including Bob White colored as well as the Gay Musician, which produced her one of the primary Broadway celebrities of this. Her string of alcohol-friendly nightclubs produced her a lot more popular, as do her friendly “Hello, sucker!” greetings to guests. She was created in Waco, Tx and was raised with her siblings William Guinan, Thomas Guinan, Pearl Guinan, and Walter Harry. She was wedded twice, 1st to John J. Moynahan, after that to Julian Johnson. Her Prohibition speakeasies became a haven for Hollywood’s well-to-do, hosting everyone from George Gershwin to Rudolph Valentino.

Quick Facts


Full Name Texas Guinan
Date Of Birth January 12, 1884
Died November 5, 1933, Vancouver, Canada
Place Of Birth Waco, TX
Profession Stage Actress
Nationality American
Spouse Julian Johnson, John J. Moynahan
Parents Bessie Guinan, Michael Guinan
Siblings Thomas Guinan, Pearl Guinan, William Guinan, Walter Harry
Movies Queen of the Night Clubs, The Gun Woman, Broadway Thru a Keyhole, The Moonshine Feud, The She Wolf, The Boss of the Rancho
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1Three brothers (William, Walter Harry (died in infancy), and Thomas) and one sister (Pearl).
2Mother, Brigid Duffy, was 101 yrs, 6 mos, and 19 days old when she died in 1959. Father, Michael Guinan, died in 1935 aged 79 yrs, 8 mos.
3Family lived in Waco, TX, at least until 1891. Texas, her sister and three brothers were all born in Waco, TX, between 1882 and 1891.
4Met her first husband, newspaper cartoonist for Rocky Mountain News John J. Moynahan, at the home of her cousin, Katie Hoban, in Idaho Springs, Colorado.
5Was future journalist/producer Lowell Thomas's Sunday school teacher when Thomas was a boy in Victor, Colorado. They remained lifelong friends even after her latter-day notoriety.
6Notorious in the eyes of the feds, who wanted to stop her flagrant violations of Prohibition laws, she fervently denied that her joints sold liquor despite abundant evidence to the contrary. She avoided lengthy time behind bars and had all charges subsequently dropped because the feds couldn't prove she owned the routinely raided clubs. The Depression took a real bite out of her profits and she died in 1933, not the wealthy gal she used to be.
7In 2004, Madonna was set to play her in a biographical movie of her life, "Hello Suckers". However, the project was indefinitely shelved.
8The character "Guinan", bartender of the Ten Forward lounge on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) played by Whoopi Goldberg, was named after Texas Guinan.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dead Man's Hand1919Short
The Dangerous Little Devil1919Short
Little Miss Deputy1919Short
The Girl of Hell's Agony1919ShortTex
Some Gal1919Short
Malamute Meg1919ShortMalamute Meg
South of Santa Fe1919ShortJessie Kennedy
The She Wolf1919ShortThe She Wolf
The Love Defender1919
The Gun Girl1918Short
Two-Gun Girl1918Short
The Hell Cat1918Undertermined Role
Getaway Kate1918Short
The Love Brokers1918Olga Grey
The Gun Woman1918The Tigress
The Fuel of Life1917Violet Hilton
The Stainless Barrier1917
Broadway Thru a Keyhole1933Tex Kaley
Glorifying the American Girl1929Texas Guinan (uncredited)
Queen of the Night Clubs1929Texas Malone
Night Life of New York1925uncredited
Code of Texas Storm1921ShortTexas Storm
Code of the West1921Short
Spitfire1921Short
The Claws of Texas1921Short
The Girl of the Border1921Short
The Soul of Texas1921Short
Vengeance of Texas Grey1921ShortTexas Grey
I Am the Woman1921
Texas of the Mounted1921ShortTexas of the Mounted
The Stampede1921/IITex Henderson
The Code of the West1921Short
The Night Raider1920Short
A Moonshine Feud1920Short
The Night Rider1920Short
The White Squaw1920ShortTexas Caswell
The Wildcat1920Short
Fighting the Vigilantes1919Short
Just Bill1919Short
Letters of Fire1919Short
Not Guilty1919/IIShort
The Boss of the Rancho1919Short
The Lady of the Law1919Short
The Spirit of Cabin Mine1919Short
My Lady Robin Hood1919Short
Outwitted1919Short
The Desert Vulture1919Short
The Girl of the Rancho1919ShortTexas Carroll
The Heart of Texas1919Short
The Call of Bob White1919Short
The Sacrifice1919Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pontius Pilate2017producer filming
Spitfire1921Short producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stars of Yesterday1931Short documentaryHerself
Announcing Queen of the Night Clubs1929ShortHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Prohibition2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema2007DocumentaryHerself
The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Canadians1998TV SeriesHerself
Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America1997TV Movie documentaryHerself - speakeasy operator (uncredited)
The Twentieth Century1961TV Series documentaryHerself
The Golden Twenties1950DocumentaryHerself
Winner Take All1932Texas Guinan (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1765 Vine Street.


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#Quote
1A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
2I like noise, rhinestone heels, customers, plenty of attention and red velvet bathing suits. I smoke like a five-alarm fire and I call every man I don't know Fred, and they love it.
3[on her frequent arrests for speakeasy activities] I'm nature's gift to the padlock makers.
4Hello, Suckers!


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