Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Mae West: Guinan's Gone

MAE WEST was shocked to learn that her friend Texas Guinan 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. . . ."
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Born on 12 January 1884 in Waco, Texas, she was only 49 years old when her life came to an end. 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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• • Mae West • • 1933 funeral
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Mae West.

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