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Relive the Golden Era of the King of the Cowboys and the Queen of the West In the mid-twentieth century, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans ruled the West from the silver screen as the King of Cowboys and the Queen of the West. Off screen, this husband and wife duo raised a family and lived the "Code of the West." In this biography, named for their first feature film as a pair, the Relive the Golden Era of the King of the Cowboys and the Queen of the West In the mid-twentieth century, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans ruled the West from the silver screen as the King of Cowboys and the Queen of the West. Off screen, this husband and wife duo raised a family and lived the "Code of the West." In this biography, named for their first feature film as a pair, the Rogers family shares the inside story of these beloved Western icons.


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Relive the Golden Era of the King of the Cowboys and the Queen of the West In the mid-twentieth century, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans ruled the West from the silver screen as the King of Cowboys and the Queen of the West. Off screen, this husband and wife duo raised a family and lived the "Code of the West." In this biography, named for their first feature film as a pair, the Relive the Golden Era of the King of the Cowboys and the Queen of the West In the mid-twentieth century, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans ruled the West from the silver screen as the King of Cowboys and the Queen of the West. Off screen, this husband and wife duo raised a family and lived the "Code of the West." In this biography, named for their first feature film as a pair, the Rogers family shares the inside story of these beloved Western icons.

30 review for The Cowboy and the Senorita: A Biography of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

  1. 4 out of 5

    David

    I really enjoyed this biography which covered both Roy and Dale, alternating back and forth until the two came together after the death of Roy's first wife. This biography dispelled some of the notions I had about Rogers getting his start in show business. He worked HARD to gain a place, and never really dreamed of being a cowboy star.. he just wanted to use his music to make a living and somehow became Roy Rogers, after being Dick Weston, and after being Leonard Slye. The struggle for both Roy I really enjoyed this biography which covered both Roy and Dale, alternating back and forth until the two came together after the death of Roy's first wife. This biography dispelled some of the notions I had about Rogers getting his start in show business. He worked HARD to gain a place, and never really dreamed of being a cowboy star.. he just wanted to use his music to make a living and somehow became Roy Rogers, after being Dick Weston, and after being Leonard Slye. The struggle for both Roy and Dale to get their break and to be fairly treated by the studios makes an awesome story. Roy blocked his movies being sold by Republic to Television because he owned the rights to his image. Republic didn't plan on sharing the revenue, so he refused to allow the sale, and eventually went to court. Every studio in Hollywood joined Republic's side, offering legal counsel, and finances to pay legal fees. But Roy changed forever Hollywood and then began to merchandise his image. OVER 600 products bore the Rogers name. The biography also covers Dale's first marriages (she eloped at 14 and had a baby, but the marriage didn't last)... as well as how Roy and Dale eventually came together. The biography offers insight into their spiritual values, even explaining how and when Rogers professed salvation and was baptized. In later years, Roy enjoyed reading his Bible. In the back of my mind, I knew that among the Happy Trails that Roy and Dale rode in life, there were some tragic trails as well. Once child was born with Down's syndrome and an enlarged heart, and shortly before her second birthday passed away, suffering greatly at the end. Another child, Dorothy, as a young teen was going on a brief mission trip with her church, but the bus was in a terrible accident and she was killed. Sandy, a soldier, went out and celebrated (even though he promised his mother he was done with booze) and he choked to death in his bunk, in his own vomit, brought on by a very big drinking binge. The shortcomings of this book was the rush to the end. After the 1970's the author rushes through their appearances at various fairs, showgrounds, and other venues. Doesn't even mention an appearance at Knotts Berry Farm... In fact, the author rushed the latter years, never mentioning how Roy used to "play Roy Rogers" by going down to the museum during operating hours and greeting fans there. Whatever the reason for rushing the latter years-- this is a wonderful and endearing story about two people who were unwittingly on a collision course, destined to live out a long and happy marriage, and who triumphed over the trauma of losing children while clinging to their faith in Christ. A wonderful narrative, but the best part was the pictures, which abounded in this tribute to my favorite cowboy.. the one with the slanted eyes (and yes, this is remarked upon in the book, and even shared how Roy used to use eyedrops to relax his eyes so he wouldn't appears to be squinting.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kytka Hilmar-Jezek

    My father loved Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and as a child, their shows or music was always playing somewhere in the background. They represented America and an imagined west that can only exist in the mind of immigrants who visualized the American Dream from far, far away. As I grew, I realized that many of my friends also knew of Roy and Dale (and Trigger) and for them it brought nostalgia, and memories of the way things were, back in the day when people had virtues, morals, faith. I was blessed My father loved Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and as a child, their shows or music was always playing somewhere in the background. They represented America and an imagined west that can only exist in the mind of immigrants who visualized the American Dream from far, far away. As I grew, I realized that many of my friends also knew of Roy and Dale (and Trigger) and for them it brought nostalgia, and memories of the way things were, back in the day when people had virtues, morals, faith. I was blessed to see Roy and Dale live, twice and cherished it. The Roy Rogers museum was a regular vacation haunt, and I was there many times.I was so sad to hear that it relocated and then closed, so many of the memories were auctioned off. Is it that people just don;t care anymore? Do Roy and Dale look like black and white caricatures of "the old days" and technology has made the new generations completely uninterested in what was? A walk in an antique store or browsing eBay you can see games, books, lunchboxes and cap guns and holsters. "I want to be a cowboy!" was something that all boys wanted (and girls too). Yes, Roy Rogers was the good cowboy, the singing cowboy and the cowboy with the friendliest smile. But this is to be about the book... This book surprised me because I had never known that Dale was a teen single mother. Neither did I know that Roy had a previous wife who passed away. The commitment and conviction they had were worthy of imitation and they were the prefect role models. This book warmed my heart and made me nostalgic. It reawakened the sense of "the good old days" in me and it made me wonder where people like Roy are today, if they still exist. How they overcame the deaths of their three children shows such bravery and faith in God. How they remained committed to their marriage shows a mutual respect and moral value. How they chose to influence those by selecting roles, music and so on shows their sense of integrity and responsibility. How they lived their lives shows a shining example worthy of absolute respect. The best way I can sum this up is with the lyrics to one of my favorite of Roy's songs... It seems like only yesterday that we rode the range together The prairie skies and tumbleweeds just as far as we could see Then, you grew up and drifted on, but I know that you remember When you were a saddle pal to Hoppy, Gene and Me Freckle faced and skinned up knees You helped us trap the bad guys With a five cent bag of popcorn And a cap gun by your side You know, time has a way of changin' things Soon, there was your first love You thought it would last forever But when she left, you cried But Hoppy, Gene and Me We taught you how to shoot straight And a cowboy's never cryin' That's how it had to be Yes, stories from the silver screen Now most of them forgotten Double feature Saturdays With Hoppy, Gene and Me

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tom Schulte

    With the support of the family, including a foreword by scion Roy "Dusty" Rogers, this is an intimate portrayal of the successful and famous silver screen royalty of the oaters. This includes Dale Evan's many failed attempts to succeed as a popular singer in nightclubs and with the big bands before stumbling accidentally into the unfamiliar role of leading lady in Westerns. Roy was headed there all along with many years in frustratingly unsuccessful ensembles prior to Sons of Pioneers. Both had With the support of the family, including a foreword by scion Roy "Dusty" Rogers, this is an intimate portrayal of the successful and famous silver screen royalty of the oaters. This includes Dale Evan's many failed attempts to succeed as a popular singer in nightclubs and with the big bands before stumbling accidentally into the unfamiliar role of leading lady in Westerns. Roy was headed there all along with many years in frustratingly unsuccessful ensembles prior to Sons of Pioneers. Both had failed marriages and knew what they didn't want out of matrimony before tying the knot themselves. Their immense success - staggering in terms of wealth and fame - they shared with a large family of mostly adoptees. Much of this book, which includes a chapter-length biography of Trigger, covers the deep role of Christianity in a life marred by the tragic, early lose of three children in different incidents.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vic Lauterbach

    This unabashedly admiring portrait is an inspiring look at two people who made the most of their talents through hard work and perseverance. They became part of the "west of the imagination" that entertained two generations onscreen then they inspired several more generations through personal appearances and Dale's books. The strength of this story is how Leonard Slye and Frances Smith became celebrities Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, married and raised a family, yet remained essentially unchanged. This unabashedly admiring portrait is an inspiring look at two people who made the most of their talents through hard work and perseverance. They became part of the "west of the imagination" that entertained two generations onscreen then they inspired several more generations through personal appearances and Dale's books. The strength of this story is how Leonard Slye and Frances Smith became celebrities Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, married and raised a family, yet remained essentially unchanged. The personal tragedies they endured are detailed honestly but kindly. There is no expose' here. None is needed. Sometimes the greatest triumphs are the simplest. By living extraordinary lives in the most ordinary way, Roy and Dale reaped the most elusive reward in Hollywood - happiness.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ClaraBelle

    My favorite celebrities and celebrity couple is Roy Rogers and Dale Evans! This biography captures so perfectly the life, legacy, and love of these stellar gems of human beings, heroes and film stars! Rating: 10++++++stars Warning: none except be prepared to cry over their tragic mistakes, Great Depression experience, and loss of 3 children Recommend: for all, but especially fans of them or teens who need a role model Reading level: absorbing!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Clagett

    Entertaining, informative, humorous, and heartbreaking. The lives and careers of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, the King of the Cowboys and the Queen of the West, are revealed in Howard Kazanjian’s and Chris Enss’s vivid biography. Rogers and Evans found remarkable success in show business as well as remarkable strength in their faith in God. Whether you were a fan of Roy and Dale’s or not, this well-written volume offers some surprising facts about the couple. A very fast read. Recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Not knowing much about this couple, but using them as a "Sunday Kind of Love" couple to follow I picked this up to learn more. What amazing people. This book was a fast easy read that told about the lives of each person in this relationship, Dale, Roy, them as a coupl and their children to a point. It all seems so wonderful and I believe much of it was, but this book doesn't hide that fact that they had much to over come in their live as well. This story makes me long for 'famous' people of long Not knowing much about this couple, but using them as a "Sunday Kind of Love" couple to follow I picked this up to learn more. What amazing people. This book was a fast easy read that told about the lives of each person in this relationship, Dale, Roy, them as a coupl and their children to a point. It all seems so wonderful and I believe much of it was, but this book doesn't hide that fact that they had much to over come in their live as well. This story makes me long for 'famous' people of long ago or more to the point, people in general that believed and acted as they are portraited to live in this book. They make me want to be a better person. I wish I had followed them more from a younger age. Sure to leave you with "Happy Trails" in your head and heart.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Roy Rogers and Dale Evans...memories! While the actual story telling was not smooth, the memories involved were fine. Learned lots about two very popular stars that I had never known as I faithfully watched their movies and tv programs over the years of my childhood. Wonderful telling of their faith journey.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aftin Combs

    It is a really enjoyable short read. It was informative and interesting the whole way through. The pictures included are really stunning

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Reid

    Well written and emotionally appealing This book is well written and a tear jerker, and pays great respect to Roy and Dale. Highly recommend this to anyone who loves them!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Sotzing

    Well written...clear and to the point and filled with information on this famous couple. I'm passing this on to family as I know they will enjoy it as much as I did. Well written...clear and to the point and filled with information on this famous couple. I'm passing this on to family as I know they will enjoy it as much as I did.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Del Lunde

    Good old days reading of wholesome entertainment for kids and adults. Happy Trails to all who read this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa B

    I won this book through GoodReads First Reads. I grew up with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans as my heros. I had a Dale Evans cowgirl outfit that I remember wearing all the time. This book reaffirmed my conviction that they were the "All American Family" with lots of love and Christian values in their household. Only through a deep faith could this family live through the deaths of three of their children. I highly recommend this book for anyone who remembers this remarkable family. I won this book through GoodReads First Reads. I grew up with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans as my heros. I had a Dale Evans cowgirl outfit that I remember wearing all the time. This book reaffirmed my conviction that they were the "All American Family" with lots of love and Christian values in their household. Only through a deep faith could this family live through the deaths of three of their children. I highly recommend this book for anyone who remembers this remarkable family.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Carpenter

    Great book about Roy and Dale. Gives a short biography of each and then of the couple. If you are a fan of Roy and Dale you should read this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gene

    real interesting......

  16. 5 out of 5

    James

    I have always loved Roy and Dale!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donald Aylesworth

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ed Dorsey

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rose Zediker

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dot McEntire

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

  23. 5 out of 5

    Suzi

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Jenike

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gail Wright

  28. 5 out of 5

    G C MONTGOMERY

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily F.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brent

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