Posted by: Namar | August 31, 2012

It’s no stunt to watch women

Man gaping at women on the silver screen, all the way back in the 19-teens and twenties. But not for simple beauty. America’s first stunt women, led by pioneering actress Helen Gibson (August 27, 1892 – October 10, 1977) were held in awe by audiences around the world.

Rodeo star Rose August Wenger was the independent, quick-thinking and inventive heroine in the action serial The Hazards of Helen, after being promoted from stunt double to star.

After meeting fellow rodeo star Hoot Gibson, they married and she shared his career path into the movies. Her stunt career in movies spanned 80 films, the last being ‘The man who shot Liberty Valance’, by John Ford in 1962.

The first professional stunt woman in America, Helen Gibson, blazed an amazing trail. She’s playing third base for the Lady Ballers in both ends of the Labor Day doubleheader here, against Hoot’s Hellions.


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