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
Spouse(s) Robert G. Springsteen (1960–1989; his death)

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]

Career[edit]

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.[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. 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.[2]

Awards[edit]

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

Family[edit]

On August 12, 1960, she married film director Robert G. "Bud" Springsteen. She was widowed in 1989.[3]

Death[edit]

Van-Springsteen died of pneumonia on September 13, 2008, aged 90, at Point Loma Convalescent Hospital. She was survived by a granddaughter, Darcy Segobia.[3] 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.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, amarillo.com; accessed June 24, 2015.
  2. ^ "Dale Evans And Her 'Twin' Still Share A Rare Friendship", The San Bernardino Sun; accessed June 4, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Stuntwoman Alice Van-Springsteen dies". Retrieved June 24, 2015. 

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