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Mary Louise "Texas" Guinan, an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur, died on January 12, 1884 – November 5, 1933.
She was born in Texas to Irish immigrant parents and decided to become an entertainer at an early age.
The repercussions of her participation in a weight loss scam led her to change careers to filmmaking after being a character on the New York stage.
She established her own business after many years in California appearing in various productions. She is best known for the speakeasy clubs she ruled during Prohibition.
Her clubs catered to the rich and famous as well as emerging talent.
She was cleared during her appeal after being arrested and charged during a law enforcement sweep of speakeasy clubs.
Personal life and early career
Guinan was one of four siblings born in Waco, Texas, to immigrants Michael and Bessie (née Duffy) Guinan, who had immigrated separately as adults, and married in Colorado. Both parents were of Irish descent. They started off as a wholesale grocery store. They were relocating to Texas and ran a horse and cattle ranch. She was born "Mamie" as an infant and attended parochial school at the Loretta Convent in Waco, Texas. Growing up on a ranch provided her with basic cowboy skills, as well as her marksmanship at a local shooting gallery. Her parents were successful in securing her a two-year scholarship to the American Conservatory of Music, which was offered by Chicago businessman Marshall Field in 1898. She joined a touring acting troupe that featured American "Wild West" entertainment after honing her soprano vocal skills and finishing her studies.
She married newspaper cartoonist John Moynahan on December 2 in 1904, using the name Marie Guinan. Moynahan began working in Boston two years ago. The couple eventually separated, and Guinan and his family migrated to New York to pursue a career in show business. For years, she believed she had been born in Texas, but she never allowed facts to stand in the way of her story. In a full page 1910 interview in The San Francisco Call, she said her father "was the first white child seen in Waco," although he had been a married adult at the time, and white settlers had been present in Waco since the early to mid-19th century.
Julian Johnson, a theater critic and photoplay reporter, was her mentor for a decade and was instrumental in the design of her public persona. Many assumed them to be married in the first place. Johnson is portrayed as her second husband in 1933, and millionaire George E. Townley as a third husband. Moynahan is now believed to have been her sole husband, despite a lack of evidence that the previous two marriages took place.
Johnson's ties are said to have resulted in a poem containing her byline being published in Photoplay. An alleged link to the United States is outlined. Senator Joseph Weldon Bailey of Texas changed from a nonspecific link to her family to Guinan's appointment as the senator's niece to Guinan's. Since her parents were born and raised in a different country than either Senator Bailey or his wife, the niece's relationship seems implausible. Mentioned him coincides with the date of her friendship with Julian Johnson. Guinan resembled her uncle, Senator Joe Bailey of Texas, while he was editor at Photoplay, an article written by then-staff journalist Adela Rogers St. Johns said of Guinan, "[it] has a resemblance to her uncle, Senator Joe Bailey of Texas."