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StuntwomenThe Untold Hollywood Story$
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Mollie Gregory

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813166223

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813166223.001.0001

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The Rise and Fall of Female Stunt Players in Silent Movies

The Rise and Fall of Female Stunt Players in Silent Movies

(p.7) 1 The Rise and Fall of Female Stunt Players in Silent Movies

Mollie Gregory

University Press of Kentucky

Athletic actresses were the first stuntwomen. The freedom to drive cars and the promise of the vote brought big social changes that benefited women and expanded their opportunities. Working-class women and their children filled the first movie theaters, and movies became a source of social change. Women flocked to Hollywood to be in the movies. The female serial stars—Helen Gibson, Ruth Roland, Pearl White—did most of their own stunts; other women directed, produced, and wrote the scripts. That egalitarian system ended in the 1920s when film production became a profitable and respected business. Men took over all aspects of production, including stunt work.

Keywords:   stuntwomen, silent movies, women’s suffrage, women driving cars, The Perils of Pauline, The Hazards of Helen, injuries

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