October 31 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dale Evans, born Frances Octavia Smith in Uvalde, TX.  She might be best known as the wife and co-star of singing cowboy Roy Rogers, but she had a fledgling career in show business long before she met him.  Rogers was Evans’ fourth husband-she eloped at 14-and the two starred in four movies together before they married on New Year’s Eve 1947.  Their seven-year run on “The Roy Rogers Show” made them one of the most popular husband-and-wife teams in American entertainment history.  She wrote the show’s theme song, “Happy Trails”.  Evans, who is in the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth and had three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, died February 7, 2001.  She is buried in Apple Valley, California.


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