'Queen of the West' Dale Evans Dies Roy Rogers' Widow Was '50S TV Fixture

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'Queen of the West' Dale Evans Dies Roy Rogers' Widow Was '50S TV Fixture


LOS ANGELES -- Dale Evans, who teamed with husband Roy Rogers in popular Westerns and co-wrote their theme song, Happy Trails to You, died yesterday at 88.

Ms. Evans died of congestive heart failure at her home in Apple Valley in the high desert east of Los Angeles, said Dave Koch, son-in-law of Ms. Evans' stepson, Roy "Dusty" Rogers Jr. She had suffered a heart attack in 1992 and a stroke in 1996.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Koch said.

She was the "Queen of the West" to Rogers, the "King of the Cowboys." She rode her horse, Buttermilk, beside him on his celebrated palomino, Trigger.

The first movie she made with Rogers, already an established singing cowboy star, was Cowboy and the Senorita in 1944. They married in 1947, and together appeared in 35 movies, including such Saturday afternoon favorites as My Pal Trigger, Apache Rose and Don't Fence Me In.

When the B Western faded in the early 1950s, they began their television career. The Roy Rogers Show ran from 1951 to 1957; later incarnations included The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show, 1962, and Happy Trails Theatre, 1986-89, a show of repackaged Rogers and Evans movies on cable TV's Nashville Network. …

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