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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

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

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813166223.003.0002

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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