Kitty O'Neil (1946 - 2018)

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Kitty O’Neil (Image via Facebook/Ky Michaelson) Kitty O'Neil in the 2018 Memorials Photo Gallery Enlarged Photo
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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