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Kitty O'Neil Obituary

Kitty O’Neil (Image via Facebook/Ky Michaelson)
Kitty O’Neil (Image via Facebook/Ky Michaelson)
Kitty O’Neil was a legendary Hollywood stuntwoman who set the land speed record for female drivers in 1976. The daredevil reached an average speed of 512.71 miles per hour during two runs while driving a hydrogen-peroxide fueled three-wheeled rocket car in the Alvord Desert in Oregon.

O’Neil became deaf as an infant from smallpox, her mother then taught her to read lips. She was a world class diver and expected to compete for a medal in the 1964 Olympics but injuries and illness caused her to miss the games.

O’Neil set the water skiing speed record and drove a boat at 275 miles per hour. She worked as a stuntwoman for the movies, “The Blues Brothers” and Smokey and the Bandit II” and on television for “The Bionic Woman” and “Wonder Woman.”

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Published online on November 2, 2018 courtesy of Tributes.com
Kitty O'Neil was a legendary Hollywood stuntwoman who set the land speed record for female drivers in 1976. The daredevil reached an average speed of 512.71 miles per hour during two runs while... Read Obituary

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