Mostly Credited As: Dale Evans
Sometimes Credited As: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Queen of the West
Queen of the Cowgirls
Birth Name: Lucille Wood Smith
Date Of Birth: October 31, 1912 (Age 88)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Uvalde, Texas
Date Of Death: February 07, 2001
Cause Of Death: Congestive Heart Failure (Apple Valley, CA)
Height: 5' 4" (1.62 m)
Dale Evans suffered two early, unhappy marriages before beginning her career on radio in the early 1930s, after she moved to Kentucky and became a locally popular singer. Her radio career eventually escalated to the point where movie executives began to take notice of the pretty young singer, and in 1942 she was signed by 20th Century Fox. Fox dropped her option, but Evans then signed with Republic Pictures in 1943. Republic immediately cast her in a string of westerns, in which Evans proved to be popular. In 1944, Evans first appeared with Roy Rogers in The Yellow Rose of Texas, and the on-screen chemistry between the two led Republic to cast them in a string of films. Rogers' wife passed away in 1946; Evans divorced her third husband in 1945, and soon Dale Evans and Roy Rogers became an off-screen item as well, marrying in 1947. The couple later starred in their TV series The Roy Rogers Show from 1951 through 1957
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When Dale was very young her name was changed legally from “Lucille Wood Smith” to “Frances Octavia Smith” which some sources credit erroneously as her real birth name.
At the age of 14 in 1927 Dale eloped and married her first husband “Thomas Frederick Fox”, they had 2 children together and divorced in 1929.
Her 2nd husband was “August Wayne Johns” from 1929 to 1935. She married “Robert Dale Butts” in 1937 and they divorced in 1946.
On 31 December 1947 she married her 4th and final husband “The King of the Cowboys”, Actor, Composer, Producer and Singer “Roy Rogers” and they stayed together until Roy’s death on 6 July 1998.
In 1976 both Dale and her husband Roy were inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
Dale was presented the Woman in Film/Dallas’ Legacy award at its’ 10th annual Topaz awards dinner in Dallas on 22 September 1996 and it was excepted by one of her daughters “Cheryl Rogers-Barnett”.
She was hospitalized in October 1999 and on the 12th of October she went into surgery to have her heart pacemaker battery replaced.
On the 2 TV series’ that Dale appeared on she also had a horse whose name was “Buttermilk” and Roy’s horse was named “Trigger” and they also had a German shepherd dog whose name was “Bullet”.
Dale was an Actress, Composer and Singer and along with her husband Roy they sang a song at the end of their show each week titled “Happy Trails”, also known as “Happy Trails to you, until we meet again”.
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