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.

Diane Peterson

Diane Peterson has worked in stunts for over 40 years. If filmmakers need someone to drive a sports car into a lake, ride a horse at a gallop, get chased by a helicopter, ride motorcycles, fall through a window, fight, scuba dive, catch fire during an explosion, or get run over...she gets the call.

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.
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ACTION ACTRESSES

Melissa McCarthy

Actress Melissa McCarthy destroyed all misconceptions that women can’t be funny and take on leading roles in action films. She did both in The Heat (2013), Spy (2015) and Ghostbusters (2016) and Superintelligence (2019) and helped re-invent action comedy, buddy movies, and comedy sci-fi blockbusters.

Jwaundace Candece

Jwaundace Candece was born on January 13, 1978 and she has always had a passion for acting. Her grandparents believed in getting...

Levy Tran

Model and actress, Levy Tran made her acting debut in the Fast and the Furious’ franchise and has recurring roles in The Haunting of Hill House (2018) on Netflix, and in Shameless on Showtime. She plays Desi, a former military operative, on CBS's MacGyver (2019) using her martial arts skills.
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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

2010 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...

Action Icon Awards 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 12, 2014) – Today, the Diamond in the Raw Foundation announced its Seventh Annual Action Icon Awards to...

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.
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RESOURCES FOR ACTION PERFORMERS

MASTERCLASS

MasterClass produces online classes with "renowned personalities in their respective fields." MASTERCLASS offers Film and TV classes including creativity and film, filmmaking, acting, comedy, directing, writing for TV, screenwriting and other topics. Instructors do live demonstrations and writers lecture.

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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