Miss Texas Guinan, Movie Cow Girl, called at the White House. Left to right: Harold Vosburgh, George Nagle, Miss Guinan, Arthur Ludwig, Wells Guinan. Photograph taken April 22, 1922.
Mary Louise Cecilia “Texas” Guinan started out as a chorus girl before moving to New York City to become an actress. She soon found fame as American’s first cowgirl in the motion picture industry. With the introduction of Prohibition, Texas Guinan made her fortune, at an estimated $700,000 in just ten months, as the proprietress of a speakeasy called the 300 Club. Despite being arrested several times, Guinan claimed to never having sold an alcoholic drink in her life as her patrons brought with them their own alcohol. She would often greet her elite male clientele with the words, “Hello, suckers!” as they entered her bar. As a pop culture nod to Texas Guinan and her place in America’s history books, Whoopi Goldberg’s character on Star Trek: The Next Generation was named in her honor, Guinan.
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