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Frances Octavia Smith (Evans-Dale)

Born: 1912 AD
Died: 2001 AD, at 88 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actresses


1912 - Born in Uvalde, Texas on the 31st of October.

1929-1933 -  Divorced at 17, she married August Wayne Johns that same year, a union that lasted until their divorce.

         - She took the name Dale Evans to promote her singing career.

1935 - She then married her accompanist and arranger Robert Dale Butts.

1946 - Evans married Roy Rogers on New Year's Eve.

1950 - She wrote the song most closely associated with the cowboy fascination of the '50s. "Happy Trails to You" was written while preparing for a radio show; scribbling on an envelope, Dale wrote the famous lyrics and taught the medley to Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers forty minutes before show time.

1976 - She was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

1998 - Died in congestive heart failure at the age of 86, and after a series of medical problems, on the 7th of February.


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