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.

Helen Gibson

Helen Gibson was an American film actress, vaudeville performer, radio performer, film producer, trick rider and rodeo performer. She is considered to be the first American professional stuntwoman. Helen was the stunt double for Helen Holmes in The Hazards of Helen (1914) action adventure film series.

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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ACTION ACTRESSES

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.

Sophia Crawford

Sophia Crawford landed her first small roles in film and commercials in Thailand and then moved to Hong Kong. She landed her first role and realized she needed extensive martial arts skills so she began training every day with stuntmen from the Jackie Chan Group and other top Hong Kong stunt professionals.

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.
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MEN SUPPORTING WOMEN IN ACTION

Bob Yerkes

For more than 50 years Bob taught, trained, supported, and often housed stuntwomen and stuntmen at his home and training facility in the San Fernando Valley. Bob Yerkes is one of the premier stuntman in the world. He has received the World Acrobatics Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award – Gallery of Acrobatic Legends.

ACTION & STUNT AWARDS

Artemis Women in Action Film Festival 2017 Honors Female Action Stars

The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival 2017 honors Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Cynthia Rothrock, Gina Carano and Luci Romberg at their next festival in April 2017. “Our Artemis Women in Action Film Festival seeks to redefine the image of women, not just on screen, but in culture as well,” said Melanie Wise.

Shauna Duggins Wins Emmy For Stunt Coordination

Stuntwomen Shauna Duggins has become the first woman to win a Creative Arts Emmy for "Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Comedy Series Or Variety Program - 2018" as the stunt coordinator for the Netflix woman's wrestling series GLOW (2017-2018). "I'm honored to be first woman," Duggins said backstage.

The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival 2018

Artemis Motion Pictures brings you The Artemis Women In Action Film Festival 2018. This film festival is the first film festival dedicated to honoring female action and empowerment heroes. Artemis celebrates powerful women taking action onscreen. From female action heroes to female activists.
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RESOURCES FOR ACTION PERFORMERS

Women Who Run the Show

Women Who Run the Show is based on more than 125 interviews with women in every segment of the entertainment business-from feature films to TV, from corporate offices and new media to the back lot. Women Who Run the Show is the account of women's lives in the Hollywood workplace from the 1970s to 2000.

INTERVIEWS • ARTICLES • REVIEWS

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...

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Quentin Tarantino's black comedy film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) is about a faded television star, Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio),...

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