Annie Oakley

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Annie Oakley (1860-1926) was born in Patterson Township, Darke County, Ohio. She was born in a log cabin on the Ohio frontier and never attended school. When her father died and left behind his wife and seven children, Annie began shooting game and feeding her family at age nine. She was in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, and competed in many shooting competitions. She could shoot a dime tossed into the air from thirty paces away.

The 1946 Irving Berlin musical, Annie Get Your Gun, is very loosely based on Annie Oakley's life. It has many well-known songs in it, notably There's No Business Like Show Business, I Got the Sun In The Morning and the Moon At Night, and "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better." In the latter, Annie and Frank Butler engage in a musical duel as Annie tries to prove that she can sing louder, softer, and sweeter than Frank. The musical has been revived several times on Broadway, and adapted for the movies in 1950.

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