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Helen Gibson

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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.
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.

Jadie David

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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.

Kitty O’Neil

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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.
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.
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.