PIONEERING STUNTWOMEN

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.

Jeannie Epper

Jeannie Epper is cited as one of the greatest stunt women who ever lived and Steven Spielberg called Jeannie "one of the greatest stunt coordinators" in the entertainment industry. She was always a regular on director Steven Spielberg’s productions. Jeannie comes from a family of stunt professional.
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ACTION ACTRESSES

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.

Michelle Rodriguez

Action actress Michelle Rodriguez began her entertainment career starring in Girlfight (2000) and moved on to The Fast and Furious franchise and then the Resident Evil franchise. She is Unstoppable, unapologetic, and uncontainable, and Michelle Rodriguez continues to amaze and inspire those around her.

Tara Macken

Because of her education and physical history, Tara Macken easily fell into stunt work, a natural progression for a woman of unusual circumstances and extraordinary talent.
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MEN SUPPORTING WOMEN IN ACTION

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise has a distinguished career in films and everyone knows about his greatness as an actor and producer, but few realize that he is one man in Hollywood who features women in physically strong, empowered action roles in his movies, offering an opportunity for wide audiences to see powerful women on screen.

ACTION & STUNT AWARDS

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble Screen Actors Guild Awards

The Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series and Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture awards were first given at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2007.

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,...

2009 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...
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RESOURCES FOR ACTION PERFORMERS

From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies

From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies is a revolutionary classic of feminist cinema criticism. Molly Haskell’s From Reverence to Rape remains as insightful, searing, and relevant as it was the day it was first published. Ranging across time and genres from the golden age...

INTERVIEWS • ARTICLES • REVIEWS

Playlist: Vanity Fair Women in Action

This playlist of Vanity Fair women in action videos showcase women and others who work in the action entertainment industry including stuntwomen, actresses, directors and more.

Playlist: Vanity Fair Celebrity Reviews

In this video playlist of Vanity Fair Reviews, celebrities review videos and give their expert opinions and their video reviews are posted online on VanityFair.com on the Vanity Fair YouTube channel.

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...

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