DALE EVANS AUTOGRAPH
Dale Evans was the stage name of Frances Octavia Smith. Born on October 31, 1912 – Died February 7, 2001. Dale Evans a writer, movie star, and singer-songwriter. She was the third wife of singing cowboy Roy Rogers. Born Lucille Wood Smith in Uvalde, Texas, her name was changed in infancy to Frances Octavia Smith. She had a tumultuous early life, eloping at the age of 14 with her first husband, Thomas F. Fox. She bore one son, Thomas F. Fox, Jr. when she was 15. Divorced in 1929 at 17, she married August Wayne Johns that same year, a union that lasted until their divorce in 1935. She took the name Dale Evans in the early 1930s to promote her singing career. She then married her accompanist and arranger Robert Dale Butts in 1937. In 1947 she married Roy Rogers. The marriage was his third, and her fourth. Together they had two children and were happily married for 51 years. After beginning her career singing at the radio station where she was employed as a secretary, Evans had a productive career as a jazz, swing, and big band singer that led to a screen test and contract with 20th Century Fox studios. Her life inspired Evans to write her bestseller Angel Unaware. Evans went on to write a number of religious and inspirational books. From 1951 to 1957, Dale Evans and her husband starred in the highly successful television series The Roy Rogers Show, in which they continued their cowboy/cowgirl roles, with her riding her trusty buckskin horse, Buttermilk. In addition to her successful TV shows, more than thirty films and some two hundred songs, Evans wrote the well-known song “Happy Trails.” Evans died of congestive heart failure, less than three years after the passing of her husband Roy. For her contribution to radio, Dale Evans has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6638 Hollywood Blvd. She received a second star at 1737 Vine St. for her contribution to the television industry. In 1976, she was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She ranked #34 on CMT’s 40 Greatest Women in Country Music in 2002.
Original Dale Evans Autograph, signed on a 3 x 5 Index Card. (You will receive shown 8 x 10 Black and White Photograph along with autograph). Regular Price – $ 175.00 / Sale Price – $ 74.95.
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