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|Born||Alice Grace van der Veen
July 12, 1918
Arvada, Colorado, U.S.
|Died||September 13, 2008
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Robert G. Springsteen (1960–1989; his death); 1 child|
A close friend of Dale Evans, she served as Evans' stunt double through most of her career. She was also a stunt double for Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet. Other actresses for whom she stunt doubled on film or television include: Marion Davies, Barbara Stanwyck, Olivia de Havilland, Ingrid Bergman, Ann Sheridan, Ava Gardner, Bette Davis, Jane Wyman, Doris Day, Susan Hayward, and Linda Evans.
Her first film stunt work came in 1935 in Will Rogers' last film, In Old Kentucky. She had performed during the opening ceremony at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. She also rode as a jockey, becoming the third woman ever to receive a trainer's license for thoroughbred horses. In 1937, at 18, she was invited by the Queen to ride in the annual Royal Easter Show in Australia, where she was the only American in the show.
On August 12, 1960, she married film director Robert G. "Bud" Springsteen. The couple's only child, Norman Springsteen, died in 1970. She was widowed in 1989.
Van-Springsteen died of pneumonia on September 13, 2008, aged 90, at Point Loma Convalescent Hospital. She was survived by a granddaughter, Darcy Segobia. Van-Springsteen was cremated and her ashes were interred at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Apple Valley, California, where her long-time friends Roy Rogers and Dale Evans are buried.
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- "Stuntwoman Alice Van-Springsteen dies". Retrieved June 24, 2015.
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