The Famous And Fiercest Leading Ladies Of Westerns

Westerns aren’t the most common genre at the moment, but that wasn’t always the case. They reached their peak during the late 1960s and are still a nostalgic part of Americana. While some may look back at the heroic male protagonists in Western films and TV shows, it would be a disservice to not mention the fierce female Western stars. These women proved that Westerns shouldn’t only be focused on the rugged, strong-willed males as they delivered some of the greatest performances in cinematic history. Now, get to know Western’s most iconic leading ladies.

Dale Evans Was More Than Roy Rogers’ Wife

Roy Rogers most likely wouldn’t have been as successful as he was without his frequent collaborations with wife Dale Evans. She starred alongside Rogers in several films and television shows including The Roy Rogers Show, Home in Oklahoma, and Utah (pictured).

dale evans wearing a cowgirl outfit
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Evans is also the mind behind The Roy Rogers Show theme song “Happy Trails.” She went on to record several solo albums of religious music and hosted her own religious television show. Some of her distinct honors include a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a place in the Western Performers Hall of Fame.