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Annie Oakley was a member of Buffalo Bill Cody's Western Extravaganza. During a performance, one member of a shooting demonstration team was shot from a distance. The other member of the team was killed later in his tent. Because of her shooting skills, suspicion fell on Oakley for a short period, but she was ultimately cleared.
In Real Life
Annie Oakley (August 13, 1860 – November 3, 1926), born Phoebe Ann Mosey in North Star, Ohio, was an amazing American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter. She started trapping and hunting at the age of eight to help out her impoverished Quaker family.
At the age of 15, she beat Frank Butler, who had bet $100 that he could beat anyone the Cincinnati hotel owner, Jack Frost, could bring. After her win, Frank began courting Annie and the two soon wed, having no children.
Annie adopted the name "Oakley" from a street she lived on in Cincinnati with her husband. Both Frank and Annie started touring with Buffalo Bill's Wild West in 1885. They also traveled to Europe and performed many feats in front of European royalty, including an infamous shot that took the cigarette ashes from the newly crowned Kaiser Wilhelm II. Some people quipped if she shot Wilhelm she could have prevented World War I.
In 1912 the couple had partly retired and lived a quieter life. Annie also had a small acting career, but she continued to wow audiences and set records well into her 60s. She also tried to advance women's rights and other causes.
Annie's health deteriorated after suffering from pernicious anemia in Greenville, Ohio. Her husband joined her 18 years later, his official record saying he died from "Senility." The truth was he was so grieved from Annie's death he soon joined her.
Annie Oakley was a legendary shooter in terms of accuracy and attitude. She firmly believed in teaching women to protect themselves, and it's thought she taught upwards of 15,000 women how to shoot a gun. She also promoted the service of women in the military. Annie is known as one of the first female "superstars" of America.