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Annie Oakley 

This one hour documentary examines the life of the famed Sharp Shooter and Wild West performer, Annie Oakley from her birth in mid nineteenth century rural Pennsylvania to her death in 1926... See full summary »

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Riva Freifeld

Writer:

Ken Chowder
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Episode credited cast:
Laura Linney ... Narrator (voice)
Marilyn Spanier Marilyn Spanier ... Annie Oakley (voice)
Bob Ader ... Attorney (voice)
Scott Klavan Scott Klavan ... Attorney (voice)
Virginia Scharff Virginia Scharff ... Herself - Historian
Shirl Kasper Shirl Kasper ... Herself - Biographer
Mary Zeiss Stange Mary Zeiss Stange ... Herself - Associate Professor of Women's Studies
R.L. Wilson R.L. Wilson ... Himself - Firearms Historian
Don B. Wilmeth Don B. Wilmeth ... Himself - Theatre Historian
Joy S. Kasson Joy S. Kasson ... Herself - Cultural Historian
Paul Fees Paul Fees ... Himself - Historian
Elliott West Elliott West ... Himself - Professor of History
Donald Fixico Donald Fixico ... Himself - Professor of History
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sitting Bull Sitting Bull ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Butler Frank Butler ... Himself - Professional Sharpshooter and Annie Oakley's Husband (archive footage)
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This one hour documentary examines the life of the famed Sharp Shooter and Wild West performer, Annie Oakley from her birth in mid nineteenth century rural Pennsylvania to her death in 1926. Many myths are overturned and the program also features a little known trial when Annie Oakley had to sue The Hearst Newspaper chain all throughout the country for libel when they reported the activities of someone who was impersonating the famed sharpshooter and besmirching her reputation. Written by Marilyn Spanier

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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WGBH See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An entertaining, involving and worthwhile historical biography
6 December 2012 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Fascinating, well told and ultimately touching, this short (60 minute) biography of the legendary sharpshooter tells the tale of an amazing life, full of more than it's shares of ups and downs.

Oakley was, without setting out to be, a pioneer among women, competing on even terms in a man's world, at a man's sport, and beating men at their own game at a time when that was generally unthinkable, becoming an international star in the process.

At the same time, she stayed outwardly to the Victorian ideal of seeming demure and 'lady-like'. Yet she would fight ferociously to protect herself, her position and her image. A woman full of contradictions, a moving love story, a fight to break through a disastrous childhood, and the story of an amazing talent make this a very entertaining piece of history.

One lovely touch is there is actually some early movie footage of the real Oakley from appearances late in her career, a nice addition to the usual talking heads and still photos.


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