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Annie Oakley


Sharpshooter who all starred in Buffalo Bill’s Crazy West Present. She could regularly capture a playing credit card edge-on from 27 meters apart. She started hunting and trapping at age group eight. She actually is arguably the very first American girl to become superstar. She wedded traveling display marksman Francis E. Butler after developing a showdown in August 1876. Theodore Roosevelt respected her talent.

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Full Name Annie Oakley
Date Of Birth August 13, 1860
Died November 3, 1926, Greenville, Ohio, United States
Place Of Birth Patterson, OH
Height 1.52 m
Profession Marksman, Performer
Spouse Frank E. Butler
Parents Susan Wise Moses, Jacob Moses
Siblings Mary Jane Mosey, Sarah Ellen Mosey, Catherine Mosey, Lydia Mosey, Hulda Haines, Elizabeth Mosey, John Moses, Emily Brumbaugh
Star Sign Leo

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1She was inducted into the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her historical contributions in Nutley, New Jersey.
2Has a celebration in her honor called Annie Oakley Days. It is held outside of Greenville, Ohio, in the Great Darke County Fairgrounds.
3She was injured in a train accident in 1901 that ended her career with William F. Cody's (Buffalo Bill's) Wild West Show.
4Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.
5During her time with the Buffalo Bill Show (see William F. Cody), she was adopted by another performer with the show, Chief Sitting Bull, who named her Little Sure Shot. Reportedly, while she gave her shooting exhibitions, he would be standing off to the side, shaking his head in admiration of her talents.
6Her early life was the inspiration for Irving Berlin's play "Annie Get Your Gun" (and the subsequent movie, Annie Get Your Gun (1950). Unlike the play, however, which portrayed Oakley as being loud and boisterous, the real Annie was privately a quiet, soft-spoken woman, who enjoyed relaxing with a book (her husband Frank Butler taught her to read) or giving shooting lessons.
7Her husband of almost a half century, fellow marksman Frank Butler, was so crushed by her death that he simply refused to eat afterwards, dying ten days later.
8For many years, the cause of Annie Oakley's death was given as pernicious anemia. A recent article in A&E Biography magazine, however, suggests that it may, in fact, have been the long-term effects of lead poisoning from handling so much live ammunition over a long career.
9Sharpshooter/entertainer who was a major star with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show for many years.
10Pictured on one of a set of twenty 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating Legends of the West, issued 18 October 1994. A set of twenty 19¢ US postcards with pictures of the stamps was issued on the same date. Other persons honored in the two sets are William F. Cody (as Buffalo Bill), Bill Pickett, William Tilghman, Jim Bridger, Wyatt Earp, John C. Fremont, William Barclay 'Bat' Masterson, Chief Joseph, Wild Bill Hickok, Kit Carson, Geronimo, Charles Goodnight, Nellie Cashman, Sacajawea, and Jim Beckwourth.



Actors' Fund Field Day1910ShortHerself
Annie Oakley1894Documentary shortHerself Annie Oakley (uncredited)

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American Experience2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Annie Get Your Gun Intro with Susan Lucci2000Video documentary shortHerself

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