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Western Legends Roundup – Part III

Clint Walker

The famous film and TV actor, Clint Walker, is 83 years old, but you can still recognize the athletic, broad-shouldered, young man that he was when he played the character “Cheyenne Bodie” for eight successful seasons on TV in “Cheyenne.” Many fans were lined up to chat with him, purchase a movie photograph, and have him cheerfully sign it for them at the Western Legends Roundup’s celebrity booth.

Walker quit high school at age 16. Like many other teenage boys during WWII, he joined the service at age 17, on May 30, 1944, more than a year before the war ended. After his military service, he took odd jobs around the country, including a job as a bouncer at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. His good looks and his 6-foot-6, strong body caught the eye of some vacationing Hollywood movie stars who suggested he try out for the movies.

Cecil B. DeMille tested him for a part in “The 10 Commandments.” He got the role and dazzled the audience with his clear, determined, speaking voice and his handsome, bare-chested physique. Another commanding role he had was Samson Posey in “The Dirty Dozen.” Walker made many friends, including James Drury, who sat at the same celebrity table in Kanab, Utah. But to television fans and most of the people lined up that day, he was still Cheyenne Bodie, and that was fine with them.

His wife, Susan, and he run their website, http://www.ClintWalker.com, where he sells merchandise, photographs and posts messages for his fans. Check it out.

And the gals that were at the celebrities’ table, although older now, are still charming and beautiful. They were Lee Meriwether, Bridget Hanley and author Cheryl Rogers Barnett, daughter of the late Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

Lee Meriwether grew up in San Francisco and is age 65, like some of her fans waiting patiently to talk with her. She has had an amazing life, ranging from being Miss America 1955, to a narrator-reporter on the Today Show, to playing Betty Jones in the 1970s TV drama “Barnaby Jones,” and to playing “Cat woman” (1966). I am sure that one of the highlights of her life must have been acting in the 1969 movie, “The Undefeated” with two of Hollywood’s top leading men, John Wayne and Rock Hudson. (Lucky girl!)

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Author Cheryl Rogers Barnett wrote her autobiography titled “The Cowboy Princess.” She was autographing copies of her book about growing up in a famous family after her adoption from a Dallas orphanage.

Next to Lee Meriwether stood her friend, Bridget Hanley, who starred in the shows, “Harper Valley PTA” and “Here Comes the Brides,” the popular TV series with Joan Blondell and teenage idol, Bobby Sherman, which ran for two seasons. Every young girl was envious of her when she played the role of Candy Pruitt. With an Irish twinkle in her eyes, we chatted about my great-grandmother, also named Bridget, who was from Ireland. Although Bridget Hanley is 69 years old, beautiful and smart, she is still very actively involved in theater in the Los Angeles area.

The famous film and TV actor, Clint Walker, is 83 years old, but you can still recognize the athletic, broad-shouldered, young man that he was when he played the character “Cheyenne Bodie” for eight successful seasons on TV in “Cheyenne.” Many fans were lined up to chat with him, purchase a movie photograph, and have him cheerfully sign it for them at the Western Legends Roundup’s celebrity booth.

Walker quit high school at age 16. Like many other teenage boys during WWII, he joined the service at age 17, on May 30, 1944, more than a year before the war ended. After his military service, he took odd jobs around the country, including a job as a bouncer at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. His good looks and his 6-foot-6, strong body caught the eye of some vacationing Hollywood movie stars who suggested he try out for the movies.

Cecil B. DeMille tested him for a part in “The 10 Commandments.” He got the role and dazzled the audience with his clear, determined, speaking voice and his handsome, bare-chested physique. Another commanding role he had was Samson Posey in “The Dirty Dozen.” Walker made many friends, including James Drury, who sat at the same celebrity table in Kanab, Utah. But to television fans and most of the people lined up that day, he was still Cheyenne Bodie, and that was fine with them.

His wife, Susan, and he run their website, http://www.ClintWalker.com, where he sells merchandise, photographs and posts messages for his fans. Check it out.

And the gals that were at the celebrities’ table, although older now, are still charming and beautiful. They were Lee Meriwether, Bridget Hanley and author Cheryl Rogers Barnett, daughter of the late Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

Lee Meriwether grew up in San Francisco and is age 65, like some of her fans waiting patiently to talk with her. She has had an amazing life, ranging from being Miss America 1955, to a narrator-reporter on the Today Show, to playing Betty Jones in the 1970s TV drama “Barnaby Jones,” and to playing “Cat woman” (1966). I am sure that one of the highlights of her life must have been acting in the 1969 movie, “The Undefeated” with two of Hollywood’s top leading men, John Wayne and Rock Hudson. (Lucky girl!)

Author Cheryl Rogers Barnett wrote her autobiography titled “The Cowboy Princess.” She was autographing copies of her book about growing up in a famous family after her adoption from a Dallas orphanage.

Next to Lee Meriwether stood her friend, Bridget Hanley, who starred in the shows, “Harper Valley PTA” and “Here Comes the Brides,” the popular TV series with Joan Blondell and teenage idol, Bobby Sherman, which ran for two seasons. Every young girl was envious of her when she played the role of Candy Pruitt. With an Irish twinkle in her eyes, we chatted about my great-grandmother, also named Bridget, who was from Ireland. Although Bridget Hanley is 69 years old, beautiful and smart, she is still very actively involved in theater in the Los Angeles area.