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    November 12

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Wonder Woman stuntwoman dies at 72

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Added 07 November 2018

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A portrait of Kitty O’Neil (left) and the former stuntwoman in action as a double for Lindsay Wagner on the set of Wonder Woman. (GP)

Kitty O'Neil, a stuntwoman who was Lynda Carter's stunt double on 1970s TV series Wonder Woman, has died in South Dakota at the age of 72.

O'Neil, who lost her hearing when she was five months old, also doubled for Lindsay Wagner on The Bionic Woman.

Her other credits included Smokey and the Bandit II and The Blues Brothers.

O'Neil's success as a stuntwoman led her into the world of speed racing and she set a land-speed record for women in 1976 - which still stands today.

She got into the record books by travelling at an average of 512 mph in a rocket-powered vehicle called The Motivator.

She was also the first woman to join the Hollywood stunt agency Stunts Unlimited.

After retiring in the 1980s, she moved to Eureka, South Dakota, where she died of pneumonia on Friday.

In a 2015 interview, she said it had "felt good" to be one of Hollywood's stuntwomen, and that she was "not afraid of anything". (BBC)

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