Lillian La France

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Lillian La France
Born 1894
Kansas, USA
Died 1979
Other names Lillian Ossage
Occupation Motorcycle stunt rider
Known for Wall of Death

Lillian La France (1894–1979) was billed as the world’s foremost woman motorcycle stunt rider,[1] one of a handful of female stunt riders in the 1920s and 1930s.[2]

Born Lillian Ossage[1] in Kansas, USA and billed as "The Girl Who Flirts With Death", La France started riding the Wall of Death carnival sideshow and motordrome in 1924 at the age of 30. She used a 'skull and crossbones' logo, and was skilled at riding motorcycles and driving four wheel vehicles, and was the first person to ride a wall in a scaled down midget racing car.[3] She was one of the first and most popular female wall of death riders of the 1920s and '30s. At the time, walls of death were often called silo-motordromes.

She later became the operator of a long range shooting gallery.[4]


  • Advice To Adventurous Girls, Director Kim Wood, 1998.

Popular Culture[edit]

"Wall of Death" was a song by Richard and Linda Thompson.


  1. ^ a b Hoaxes, humbugs and spectacles: astonishing photographs of smelt wrestlers, human projectiles, giant hailstones, contortionists, elephant impersonators, and much, much more! Mark Sloan, Roger Manley, Michelle Van Parys, Villard Books, 1 Nov 1990
  2. ^ The Harley-Davidson Reader. Michael Dregni, Hunter S. Thompson, Sonny Barger, Evel Knievel, Jean Davidson, Arlen Ness. MotorBooks International, 7 Feb 2010
  3. ^ Evel Knievel and other Daredevils, Scalzo, Joe. Walneck's Classic Cycle Trader. Dominion Enterprises, April 1995
  4. ^ Midway Confab, Billboard 26 Sep 1953