|Gene Autry and wife Ina Mae at home|
Known for her grace and intelligence, Ina Mae was married to Gene from 1932 until 1980. Ina is the reason Gene recorded the much-loved holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Gene didn't like it, but Ina thought kids would love it. It seemed like the perfect updated "ugly duckling" tale. Ina was right of course, since we still listen to this holiday classic today.