Let no one doubt Annie Oakley's sure shot. It wasn't rigged in Buffalo Bill's traveling Wild West show or glamorized in Irving Berlin's Broadway production, "Annie Get Your Gun." Thousands saw her shoot apart a card, with the edge facing her (from 30 paces), and nail a dime in the air from 90 feet. This doesn't sound like someone you'd want to cross.
But Miss Oakley, who honed her shooting skills by hunting, lived modestly and without pretension. She was also very kind. After easily dispatching a rival shooting star, for example, she married him. And as someone who took her bible seriously, she financed the education of at least 18 orphan girls. This is her charming biography.
"The finest and truest of American women." (Will Rogers)