GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

Cheryl Wheeler Sanders

Stuntwoman, actress and producer, Cheryl Wheeler Sanders has about every experience as a stuntwoman in movies including fighting, wire work, weapons, horseback riding, fire burns, high falls, scuba diving and more. She is enshrined in the Black Belt Hall of Fame and a former world kickboxing champion.

PIONEERING STUNTWOMEN

Kitty O’Neil

Kitty O'Neil was an American stuntwoman and racer known as "the fastest woman in the world." An illness in early childhood left her deaf. Kitty O'Neil's career as a stuntwoman and race driver led to her depiction in a TV movie and as an action figure. Her women's absolute land speed record still stands.

Kym Washington Longino

Kym Washington-Longino is one of Hollywood's leading stuntwomen. She has doubled for numerous high profiled celebrities and can be seen jumping from a moving vehicle, driving at high speeds, falling from a ferris wheel, or as a tough fighter on film. She is an inspiration to African American stuntwomen.

Jadie David

Jadie David began working in stunts when there were no other Black stuntwomen over 5'6". It was the age of Black exploitation films so she entered the industry easily. She became the first African American woman to make a living as a stunt performer in Hollywood and she fought racial discrimination.
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Gina Carano

Former mixed martial artist Gina Carano was born in Dallas, Texas, April 16, 1982. She is an American actress, television personality, and fitness model. She was a pioneer in women's mixed martial arts who took her talents to Hollywood. Gina became the first recipient of ActionFest's Chuck Norris (Best Female Action Star) Award.

Dot-Marie Jones

Dot-Marie Jones dominated the track and field strength events and is a world champion arm wrestler. She has worked as an actress steadily since 1992, but became an overnight success with her role as Sheldon Beiste in Glee (2010-2015). She was nominated for an Emmy three years in a row for Glee.

Dana DeLorenzo

Dana DeLorenzo was cast in the series Ash Vs Evil Dead on Starz as the foul-mouthed quick-witted bad ass female sidekick to the show's titular anti-hero. She also received rave reviews for her dramatic abilities and solidified her place as an action hero as well as numerous awards.
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MEN SUPPORTING WOMEN IN ACTION

Lane Leavitt

On November 10, 1950 Lane Leavitt was born in Pleasanton, California, USA, where he graduated from the Amador Valley High School in 1969. Stuntman, stunt coordinator, actor and special effects technician, Lane Leavitt was formerly a professional competitive motorcycle trials rider for...

ACTION & STUNT AWARDS

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Screen Actors Guild Awards or SAG Awards and are honors given by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). These honors recognize outstanding performances in film and prime time television. "The Actor" is the 16 inch tall, solid bronze statuette that is given to honorees.

2005 Taurus World Stunt Awards Female Winners

The Taurus World Stunt Awards are held mid-year every year in Los Angeles. The award ceremony honors stunt performers in movies. The Taurus Awards...

The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival Gala Awards 2019

Artemis Motion Pictures produces The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival Awards every year in partnership with Cinefemme,...
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RESOURCES FOR ACTION PERFORMERS

Action Movie Maker’s Handbook

Action Movie Maker's Handbook by Andy Armstrong Action Movie Maker's Handbook is Movie Action Director and Stunt Coordinator Andy Armstrong's instruction manual for anyone making action movies. Information gained from his over forty year career designing, coordinating and directing action on some of...

INTERVIEWS • ARTICLES • REVIEWS

What Can Happen When an Actor Doesn’t Use a Stunt Double

Starring in films can't be a dangerous job unless someone brings your cappuccino late, right? After all, even if the script has...

Breaking Bones, Breaking Barriers Documentary

Breaking Bones, Breaking Barriers tells a story of diversity, inclusion, and the American dream. The film centers around the pioneer black stuntmen...

Stuntwoman Reshma Pathan gets ‘limelight in ‘The Sholay Girl’

Aditya Sarpotdar’s film about Reshma Pathan, the woman who performed Hema Malini’s stunts in Ramesh Sippy’s classic will be out on Zee5 on March 8, 2019. Pathan has also worked as a body double in the 1970s and ’80s, but like most stuntwoman in her profession, her contribution to the industry has remained behind the scenes.

In Praise of Action (2018)

In Praise of Action is an Independent Documentary Film about stunt-people and their recognition in the film...

The Fight To End Stuntmen Doubling For Women

The practice is called wigging: stuntmen don wigs and women’s clothing to resemble female actors while filming risky action scenes.

The Stuntwomen Working to Change the Face of the Entertainment Industry

It's hard to gauge the full effect that Wonder Woman's success will have on the film industry. Studios and producers will no doubt...

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