|Born||in Uvalde, Texas, USA|
|Died||in Apple Valley, California, USA (congestive heart failure)|
|Birth Name||Frances Octavia Smith|
Queen of the West|
Queen of the Cowgirls
|Height||5' 4" (1.63 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
American leading lady of musical westerns of the 1940s. Born Frances Octavia Smith in Uvalde, Texas. She was raised in Texas and Arkansas. Married at 14 and a mother at 15, she was divorced at 17 (some sources say widowed). Intent on a singing career, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and worked in an insurance company while taking occasional radio singing jobs. After another unhappy marriage, she went to Louisville, Kentucky, and became a popular singer on a local radio station. There she took the stage name Dale Evans (from her third husband, Robert Dale Butts, and actress Madge Evans). Divorced in 1936, she moved to Dallas, Texas, and again found local success as a radio singer. She married Butts and they moved to Chicago, where she began to attract increasing attention from both radio audiences and film industry executives. She signed with Fox Pictures and made a few small film appearances, then was cast as leading lady to rising cowboy star Roy Rogers. She and Rogers clicked and she became his steady on-screen companion. In 1946, Rogers' wife died and Evans' marriage to Butts ended about the same time. Rogers and Evans had been close onscreen in a string of successful westerns, and now became close off-screen as well. A year later she married Rogers and the two become icons of American pop culture. Their marriage was dogged by tragedy, including the loss of three children before adulthood, but Evans was able not only to find inspiration in the midst of tragedy but to provide inspiration as well, authoring several books on her life and spiritual growth through difficulty. She and Rogers starred during the 1950s on the popular TV program bearing his name, and even after retirement continued to make occasional appearances and to run their Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Victorville, California. Following Dale's death, the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum moved to Branson, Missouri.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <email@example.com>
|Roy Rogers||(31 December 1947 - 6 July 1998) ( his death) ( 5 children)|
|R. Dale Butts||(20 September 1937 - 1946) ( divorced)|
|August Johns||(1929 - 1935) ( divorced)|
|Thomas Frederick Fox||(8 April 1927 - 1929) ( divorced) ( 1 child)|
Trade Mark (4)
Son John David, nicknamed Sandy, died at the age of 18 while in the army and stationed in Germany.
Daughter Debbie, originally named In Ai Lee, who was of Korean and Puerto Rican ancestry, die in a bus crash at the age of twelve.