Posted on August 4, 2018
But Oakley had a rival: a girl eleven years younger than Oakley...
...a "champion California huntress"...
...today's famous birthday, Lillian Smith!
It turns out that the two were not very similar. Lillian Smith was quite the braggart, and she even announced, incorrectly, that Oakley "was done for." Not surprisingly, the two didn't become friends.
Smith was into flashy clothes and flirting with men - and even marrying and divorcing a handful of them. (She married and divorced at least five men and was romantically involved with at least one more.)
On the other hand, Oakley was a conservative dresser who married marksman and performer Frank E. Butler and stayed married to him her whole life.
|This 19th-Century engraving|
portrays Smith showing her rifle to
English Queen Victoria.
Of course, that made Smith look bad.
Smith left the show soon after that. She ended up moving to
Oklahoma and performing as Princess Wenona, a fictional Sioux princess, in the Miller Brothers Ranch Wild West Show.
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