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When you think of the great western movie stars, names like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Randolph Scott no doubt come to mind. However, behind every great man there is an equally great woman. We highlight some of the iconic heroines of western movies - who they were, the characters they played and why we love them.
Donna Reed played her in a 1955 movie The Far Horizons. The basic story of Sacagawea is a Native American woman who helped Lewis and Clark explore the Louisiana Purchase, falling in love with William Clark (played by Charlton Heston) along the way. We love her strength! It is filmed in places such as Grand Teton National Park.
Cathy Downs played her in the 1946 My Darling Clementine. An absolute classic, this movie is known as one of the best westerns made by John Ford. It takes in the days of the Gunfight at the OK Corral and the story of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Clementine is Doc’s ex and Wyatt had also taken a fancy to her. How we all love a beautiful woman in a western. It is filmed in places such as Monument Valley.
Who can forget legendary Doris Day in the 1953 movie Calamity Jane! This is a musical romance that makes you want to sing along to tunes like “Whip Crack Away”, “The Windy City” and “Secret Love”. In this story, Calamity Jane thinks she is in love with one man and challenges the new girl in town, when all along she was really in love with Wild Bill Hickok. Oh the complexities of love! The movie was completely filmed in California (mostly in Burbank at Warner Bros studios) but makes you believe you are in the heart of the Wild West.
Miss Flower Belle Lee
Mae West in the 1940 American comedy-western My Little Chickadee. A gold-digger singer from Chicago making her way out west is kidnapped by a masked bandit. Belle Lee is later run out of town and meets Twillie who she believed to be rich so she plays up to him. The twist to this tale involves a noose, a rescue and of course a kiss! Those fantastic costumes, amazing moves and that sass all in one movie and don’t forget the memorable one liners!
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