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

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.

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

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.

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.

Ming-Na Wen

Ming-Na Wen plays two of the toughest heroines in film or TV. She created the indelible voice portrait of the warrior princess, Mulan, and she is the enforcer of enforcers, Melinda May, in Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.. She does her own fight stunts, and brings an intensity to her character that is unique and thrilling.
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MEN SUPPORTING WOMEN IN ACTION

Paul Feig

At the end of the day the question comes, what are you doing for the world? You have to try to do something that’s going to add something positive.” Paul Feig Paul Feig (Feeg) was born on September 17, 1962 in Mount...

ACTION & STUNT AWARDS

2001 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....

Joanna Bennett Wins 2019 Taurus World Stunt Award

Joanna Bennett won the 2019 Taurus World Stunt Award for Best Overall Stunt By A Stunt Woman for her rooftop chase scene...

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.
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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

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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