The legendary stuntwoman and daredevil Kitty O'Neil has passed away at the age of 72. According to the Hollywood Reporter, O'Neil died on Friday at a hospital in South Dakota due to pneumonia.
Many remember O'Neil for her work on "Wonder Woman" as Lynda Carter's stunt double. Other movies she worked on include, "Airport 1975," "Foul Play," "The Blue's Brothers," and "Smokey and the Bandit II." She also still holds the land-speed record for the fastest woman driver.
According to reports, "She accomplished her most famous Hollywood stunt in 1979 when, dressed as Wonder Woman, she plunged headfirst 127 feet from atop the Valley Hilton in Sherman Oaks onto an inflatable air bag set up on the hotel's pool deck."
When Kitty was only five months old she contracted measles and smallpox, which led to hearing loss. From a young age, she learned to read lips in order to communicate.
"My mother pushed me to read lips but she didn't push me in sports — I did that myself,” she said in 1977. “Because I was deaf, I had a very positive mental attitude. You have to show people you can do anything."
O'Neil's impressive career also included a movie about her life, which aired in 1976: "Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story." She even had a Barbie doll made of her.
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