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Cowboy princess : life with my parents, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
Rogers-Barnett, Cheryl, 1940-
Publication Information:
Lanham : Taylor Trade Pub., [2003]

Physical Description:
xv, 197 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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PN2287.R73 T48 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PN2287.R73 T48 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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In this book the eldest daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans tells the story of America's most famous cowboy and cowgirl.

Author Notes

Cheryl Rogers-Barnett is the eldest daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Together with her husband, Larry, she is the publisher of The Double R Bar Ranch News, the official newsletter of the Roy Rogers Riders Club. She's also active in the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum. She lives in Apple Valley, California.
Frank Thompson is the author of more than a dozen other books on film and general history. He also writes for television. Thompson lives in North Hollywood, California

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Few members of the baby-boom generation can wax nostalgic about childhood with lines like ?Dad occasionally shot skeet and trap with Clark Gable.? Rogers-Barnett, daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, the original rhinestone cowboy couple, does just that in an uplifting tribute that will appeal to fans of the duo and that beloved coffee-drinking palomino, Trigger (?In Dad?s case it was love at first sight,? she writes of the horse). There?s no Hollywood dish or childhood trauma worthy of the talk shows here. Instead, this warm, breezy memoir reads like an invitation to a casual supper on the ranch with Rogers and Evans?s brood: five children, including the author, were adopted and two were from Rogers?s previous marriage (Evans?s son was an adult by then). The one child of the marriage, Robin, was born with Down Syndrome and died at five of encephalitis. The ordeal, the author explains, reinforced Roy and Dale?s commitment to abandoned and disabled children, and this advocacy remained strong until their deaths. In between recounting a youth spent on soundstages amid Hollywood cowboys and characters like George ?Gabby? Hayes, Rex Allen and The Cisco Kid, Rogers-Barnett offers a tender glimpse of the real people behind her parents? flashy duds and western warbles. Roy appears as a kinetic and musically gifted man from humble beginnings, a devoted father who had trouble showing his feelings even in times of crisis, while Dale is presented as a big-hearted Texas spitfire who talked straight but never learned to boil water or thread a needle. While Rogers-Barnett points out that life in the spotlight wasn?t all happy trails, she appears to have few complaints. 75 b&w photos (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

The oldest daughter of Western stars Roy Rogers and Dale Evans has written a memoir as homespun as her parents' TV shows (The Roy Rogers Show, The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show). Unlike most children brought up in the entertainment industry, Rogers-Barnett describes a life devoid of dysfunction. Yes, there was tragedy (three children died prematurely), but the author is more concerned with recounting the family's triumphs, such as Dale's best-selling inspirational books, the adopted children, and the family's deep religious beliefs. There is also a chapter on Trigger, Roy's faithful equine companion on screen. (Three different horses actually played that role: Little Horse, Trigger Junior, and Old Trigger, the one most seen in movies and TV and later stuffed.) Rogers-Barnett adds some personal notes about her short stint in show business and her life after that. Overall, readers will find nothing earth-shattering here, just some good, G-rated entertainment ? la Roy and Dale's Happy Trails: Our Life Story (o.p.). A marginal purchase, unless your library serves myriad Western fans.-Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Free Libs., Salinas, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Dale Evans
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
1 Dad and Mommy Arlinep. 1
2 Meet Dale Evansp. 15
3 Sky Haven Ranchp. 19
4 A Royal Weddingp. 23
5 School Daysp. 27
6 Robin, Our Angelp. 31
7 Our Grandparentsp. 43
8 The Rogers Kidsp. 49
9 Another Familyp. 59
10 Back to Schoolp. 63
11 A Child of Celebrityp. 69
12 Western Flashp. 79
13 Sidekicks and Bad Guysp. 85
14 Adventures with Royp. 93
15 The Roy Rogers Showp. 99
16 The Irresistible Force and the Immovable Objectp. 107
17 The Sound of Musicp. 123
18 My Career in Show Businessp. 127
19 Love and Marriagep. 131
20 Mom's Steadfast Faithp. 145
21 Triggerp. 153
22 Paradise Covep. 167
23 Grief and Acceptancep. 171
24 Happy Trailsp. 181
Referencesp. 197