Miss Annie Oakley was neither a Miss nor an Oakley. Born Phoebe Ann Moses, she married marksman Frank Butler in 1876, a year after she beat him in a shooting match in Oakley, Ohio. In 1882 she joined her husband’s traveling marksmanship act and assumed the stage name of Annie Oakley. Annie and Frank joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in 1885. Skillful, attractive and a born actress, Annie quickly became a star performer with the show. Except for one season, Annie stayed with the Wild West for seventeen years.
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