She was a fixture on the Broadway stage who became a popular nightclub hostess during the Prohibition and starred in Queen of the Night Clubs.
Her chain of alcohol-friendly nightclubs made her even more famous, as did her friendly Hello, sucker! greetings to guests.
Her Prohibition speakeasies became a haven for Hollywood's well-to-do, hosting everyone from George Gershwin to Rudolph Valentino.
She went from barnstorming in traveling companies to playing popular roles in plays, including Bob White and The Gay Musician, which made her one of the biggest Broadway stars of the age.
She was born in Waco, Texas and grew up with her siblings William Guinan, Thomas Guinan, Pearl Guinan, and Walter Harry.