"'Cowgirl' is an attitude really... Cowgirls take stands; they speak up. They defend things they hold dear."

Dale Evans (1912 - 2001) was Hollywood's most famous cowgirl.

Evans started out her show-biz career as a jazz and big band singer, before seguing into acting. In 1944, Evans co-starred with popular singing cowboy Roy Rogers in "Cowboy and the Senorita." The rest, as they say, is cowgirl history.

When they met, both were married, Evans to her third husband and Rogers to his second wife. In 1946, Rogers' wife died suddenly due to complications from childbirth. Evans and Rogers married on New Year's Eve 1947, and would remain together until his death in 1998.

After appearing in many movies together, the couple changed horses, making the switch to television. As the costar of "The Roy Rogers Show," Evans ran the Eureka Café in Mineral City. She also wrote the show's iconic theme song, "Happy Trails," and sang it with Rogers.

In the decades that followed, the "Queen of the West" shared her cowgirl style with the rest of the world, appearing on shows from "What's My Line?" to "The Muppet Show."

While Evans made us long to ride the range, she made sure we knew what being a cowgirl was really about:

'Cowgirl' is an attitude really. A pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage. The cowgirl faces life head-on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses. Cowgirls take stands; they speak up. They defend things they hold dear.