Why Was Annie Oakley The First American Female Superstar?

She became so famous that a Broadway musical and a Hollywood film were based on her life.

She became a very good shot at an early age, and by the time she was 10, she was shooting enough to feed her family and provide extra money. She sold so much game that she was able to pay off the mortgage on her family’s Ohio farm by the time she was 15.

This wonder girl’s name was Annie Oakley. Most people got married quite young in those days, and when Annie was 16, she did just that.

She married an expert marksman named Frank E. Butler. Anything that Annie didn’t know about her guns, he taught her, and she soon became such a spectacular trick shot that Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show hired her to put on shooting exhibitions. In no time, she became a star. She was so famous that she toured Europe with the show and even met the queen of England.

The movie and play Annie Get Your Gun tells the story of Annie Oakley’s life.

Phoebe Ann Mosey was born in 1860 and died in 1926.

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