Calamity Jane's real name was Martha Jane Cannary. She was an American frontiers woman and often rode shotgun on stage coaches, delivering mail to the small towns around the 'Wild West', and protecting passengers from marauding Red Indians and local bandits. Both of her parents died when she was fourteen years of age so she raised her younger siblings single-handed.
She was a rowdy woman, she grew up acting and looking like a man. Also she drank like a fish and could shoot like a cowboy. One of her close friends was Wild Bill Hickok, in fact it was widely rumoured that they were having a relationship!
She performed in many travelling wild west shows, including the famous 'Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show'.
Now for the real Calamity Jane.....in my humble opinion..........is the one and only Miss Doris Day, in the delightful Hollywood movie, she danced and sang her heart out and her portrayal of Calamity Jane was sheer Hollywood perfection.
Who can forget the wonderful song and dance routines?
Calamity singing 'A woman's touch'- this is when she suddenly discovers her feminine side.
Once I had a secret love'
Edith Head-famous costume designer for some of the most beautiful female actors-said Doris had the most perfect figure she's ever fitted. Plus her voice was pure, she was a truly talented singer and dancer too.
'I just got back from the Windy City'.
Calamity Jane gets her man Wild Bill Hickok ( Howard Keel ) So handsome.
Nothing like a sprinkling of Hollywood sparkle dust to tell a story what it should be like.... not how it was! It's a miserable rainy Sunday afternoon so I am just settling in my cosy recliner to watch ?? Yes you've guessed....
My sincere thanks to the charismatic Denise for devising ABCW an also too Roger our charitable admin. man for doing what he does and doing it so well! CHEERS to all the team who support Roger and Denise ....may the creativity continue!