The American West in Film and Television: B-Western Beauties

Dale Evans

Dale Evans

Peggy Stewart

Peggy Stewart

While cowboys were the heroes of many westerns, the heroines also played a vital role. In their TV and film portrayals, these actresses saved people, sang, sighed, shot, skulked and slung hash, and through it all they were expected to look ravishing. They were the ones who often tempered violence by bringing civility, romance and their own brand of frontier spirit to the Wild West.

In this program, Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian Charlie LeSueur explores the onscreen careers and professional realities faced by the actresses who portrayed cowgirl sweethearts on TV and the silver screen.

Included with museum admission; free to museum members.