Alice Van-Springsteen

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Alice Van-Springsteen
Born Alice Grace van der Veen
(1918-07-12)July 12, 1918
Arvada, Colorado, U.S.
Died September 13, 2008(2008-09-13) (aged 90)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation Stuntwoman, jockey

Alice Van-Springsteen (July 12, 1918 – September 13, 2008) was an American stuntwoman and jockey.

Born as Alice Grace van der Veen in Arvada, Colorado, she debuted in rodeo at the age of 13 in 1932 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.[citation needed] She was a friend of Dale Evans and served as Evans' stunt double through most of her career. She was a stunt double for Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet. Other actresses for whom she stunt doubled on film or television include: Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Wyman, Judy Canova, Gail Davis, Dorothy Revier and Linda Evans.[1]

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.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

She was presented one of the Golden Boot Awards in 1993 for her contributions to western cinema.

Family[edit]

On August 12, 1962, she married film director Robert G. "Bud" Springsteen. She was widowed in 1989.[2]

Death[edit]

She died of pneumonia on September 13, 2008, aged 90, at Point Loma Convalescent Hospital.[2] Her remains were interred in Sunset Hills Memorial Park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, amarillo.com; accessed June 24, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Stuntwoman Alice Van-Springsteen dies". Retrieved June 24, 2015.