Annie Oakley Star Gail Davis Dies

Actress Gail Davis, who portrayed the “gun-toting, pigtailed rancher” Annie Oakley in the popular 1950s show has died of cancer at age 71. In 1994 Davis, who created the first western to star a female, Annie Oakley, and who starred in many Gene Autry Westerns, received a “Golden Boot” award for her contributions to Westerns. Davis was a skilled rider and crack shot who often did her own stunts.


The L.A. Times - March 17, 1997

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