Oakley was without a doubt the greatest markswoman who ever lived. Born
in 1860 in Darke County, Ohio, she built herself from obscure and
impoverished beginnings into the best known woman of her time.
Courtney Ryley Cooper’s classic biography traces Oakley’s extraordinary
journey and separates the facts from the many legends that have sprung
up in its wake. We learn of her enduring marriage to Frank Butler and
their first meeting, a shooting match in which the seemingly delicate
young girl defeated the professional marksman; her association with
Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show and its triumphal tour through Europe
and America; the train crash that nearly took her life; and her years
as an actress and teacher. Her story remains to this day one of the
grandest to have come out of the Old West. Download and start listening now!