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Also Known As: Frances Octavia Smith Died: February 7, 2001
Born: October 31, 1912 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure
Birth Place: Uvalde, Texas, USA Profession: actor, singer, evangelist, stenographer

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Dale Evans was the epitome of the hearty, Bible-thumpin', All-American girl made good. A radio singer, she went on to partner with her husband, Western star Roy Rogers, in two TV series, in which she would sing "Happy Trails to You" while riding her horse, Buttermilk, and smiling, smiling, smiling.Evans was born with a dream, although when she was already once widowed at age 17, things might have seen pretty bleak. But her faith sustained her, she has always maintained, and she began singing on the radio in Texas, and performing with orchestras. She was nearing 30 when she migrated to Hollywood and broke into films with "Orchestra Wives" (1942), in which played pal to Ann Rutherford. Evans played opposite John Wayne in "In Old Oklahoma/War of the Wildcats" (1943). She might have been relegated to Poverty Row obscurity had it not been for her next film, "The Cowboy and the Senorita" (1944), in which she was Ysobel Martinez, trying to help her younger cousin hold on to a gold mine, and cast opposite Roy Rogers. The duo (who married in 1947) went on to appear in together in 20 consecutive films. In their movies, Rogers would play himself, while Evans would be given a different name, but the persona...

Dale Evans was the epitome of the hearty, Bible-thumpin', All-American girl made good. A radio singer, she went on to partner with her husband, Western star Roy Rogers, in two TV series, in which she would sing "Happy Trails to You" while riding her horse, Buttermilk, and smiling, smiling, smiling.

Evans was born with a dream, although when she was already once widowed at age 17, things might have seen pretty bleak. But her faith sustained her, she has always maintained, and she began singing on the radio in Texas, and performing with orchestras. She was nearing 30 when she migrated to Hollywood and broke into films with "Orchestra Wives" (1942), in which played pal to Ann Rutherford. Evans played opposite John Wayne in "In Old Oklahoma/War of the Wildcats" (1943). She might have been relegated to Poverty Row obscurity had it not been for her next film, "The Cowboy and the Senorita" (1944), in which she was Ysobel Martinez, trying to help her younger cousin hold on to a gold mine, and cast opposite Roy Rogers. The duo (who married in 1947) went on to appear in together in 20 consecutive films. In their movies, Rogers would play himself, while Evans would be given a different name, but the persona would be the same and the guy would get his gal. In 1951, they made their last film together "Pals of the Golden West", in which Evans sang several cowpoke tunes.

By this time, the encroachment of TV was wreaking havoc on all studios, and most of the lesser ones which had been churning out serials and Westerns for years switched to TV production and even sold their libraries to the new medium. Rogers saw the writing on the wall. An astute businessman, Rogers launched "The Roy Rogers Show" (NBC, 1951-57), a staple of Sunday evenings. The premise found Rogers and Evans based at the Double R Bar Ranch with Rogers and sidekick Ray Brady fighting for law and order while Evans crooned "Happy Trails to You" and rode her Buttermilk next to Rogers' Trigger with Bullet the dog following behind. In the 60s, CBS ran rebroadcasts of the show on Saturday mornings. Evans and Rogers made some guest appearances after the demise of their show and in 1962 had a brief variety show of their own on ABC, "The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show." They also hosted "Kraft Musical Hall" several times and appeared in televised specials from Nashville, the heart of their audience.

The pair had become wealthy and drifted away from Hollywood, basing their lives in the Apple Valley area of California, which they had helped to develop. Evans returned to TV in 1973 to do the "Saga of Sonora" musical fantasy for NBC. And, she hosted a talk show produced for Christian Cable services for several years. Still with the same spirit, energy and hair style, she talked about faith, home crafts, and raising a family or sang a song or two. And occasionally Roy Rogers dropped by for a quick "How do?".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Pals of the Golden West (1951) Cathy Marsh
3.
 South of Caliente (1951) Doris Stewart
4.
 Trigger, Jr. (1950) Kay Harkrider
5.
 Twilight in the Sierras (1950) Deputy Patricia Callahan
6.
 Bells of Coronado (1950) Pam Reynolds
7.
 Susanna Pass (1949) Kay "Doc" Parker
8.
 Down Dakota Way (1949) Ruth Shaw
9.
 The Golden Stallion (1949) Stormy Billings
10.
 The Trespasser (1947) Linda Coleman
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Milestones close milestones

1942:
Made feature film debut in "Orchestra Wives"
1944:
First worked with Roy Rogers in "The Cowboy and the Senorita"
1951:
Co-starred on "The Roy Rogers Show" (NBC)
1962:
Continued singing "Happy Trails to You" on short-lived "The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show" (ABC)
1973:
Co-starred in musical fantasy "The Saga of Sonora" (NBC)
1979:
Appeared on ABC reunion special "When the West Was Fun"
1990:
Hosted "A Date with Dale" aired on various Christian TV stations, including Trinity Broadcasting
1992:
Suffered heart attack
1993:
Appeared on special "The Women of Country" (CBS)
1996:
Had a stroke; curtailed activities
1999:
In October, suffered a mild heart attack
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Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Thomas Fox. Eloped to Blitheville, Arkansas in January 1927 when Evans was fourteen years old; father of Thomas Fox Jr; divorced in 1929.
husband:
Robert Dale Butts. Pianist. Married in the late 1930s; divorced in 1945.
husband:
Roy Rogers. Singer, actor. Married on December 31, 1947; had one daughter together; adopted four other children.

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son:
Thomas Fox Jr. Born on November 28, 1927; father, Thomas Fox.
daughter:
Robin Elizabeth Rogers. Born on August 26, 1950; died on August 24, 1952; born with Downs Syndrome.
daughter:
Mary Little Doe Rogers. Adopted with Rogers in October 1952; three-quarter Choctaw.
son:
John David Rogers. Born in 1946; adopted by Evans and Rogers in 1946; name changed from Harry; died in Germany on October 31, 1965.
daughter:
Marion Rogers. Born c. 1943 in the United Kingdom; adopted by Evans and Rogers in 1954.
daughter:
Debbie Rogers. Korean-born; adopted by Evans and Rogers in 1955; killed in a bus accident on August 17, 1964.
step-daughter:
Cheryl Darlene Rogers. Born in 1941; mother was Rogers' first wife.
step-daughter:
Linda Rogers. Born on April 18, 1943; mother was Rogers' first wife.
step-son:
Roy Rogers Jr. Born on October 28, 1946; mother was Rogers' first wife.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Angel Unaware"
"Dearest Debbie"
"Salute to Sandy"
"Her Story of Life and Love--Rainbow on a Hard Trail"
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