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

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.

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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STUNTWOMEN MAKE ACTION

ACTION ACTRESSES

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.

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

Jeff Dashnaw

Stuntman, stunt coordinator, second unit director Jeff Dashnaw supports the United Stuntwomen’s Association. Jeff has always stood up for stuntwomen’s rights and is a continuous supporter of women in entertainment. He is a member of Brand X Stunts and known for his work on Sin City, Grindhouse and Cowboys & Aliens.

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.

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...

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....
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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

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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