Born 100 years ago today, Dale Evans was Hollywood's most famous cowgirl.
In this Feb. 15, 1984 file photo, Roy Rogers is shown with his wife Dale Evans before the stuffed remains of Trigger, Roy's horse, at the Roy Rogers museum in Victorville, Calif. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, file)
Evans started out her show-biz career as a jazz and big band singer, but it was when she married singing cowboy Roy Rogers that she truly found her niche and hit her stride.
As costar of The Roy Rogers Show, Evans ran the Eureka Café, and she wrote the show's iconic theme song. She sang it, too, along with Rogers.
Evans shared her cowgirl style with the world throughout her life. From The Muppet Show…
…To What's My Line?...
…Dale Evans made us long to ride the range. And 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.
Written by Linnea Crowther