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Kitty O’Neil, Pioneering ‘Wonder Woman’ Stuntwoman, Dies at 72

Kitty O’Neil, Pioneering ‘Wonder Woman’ Stuntwoman, Dies at 72

Kitty O’Neil, Lynda Carter’s stunt double on the 1970s “Wonder Woman” TV series, died on Friday of pneumonia at the age of 72.

O’Neil broke ground for women in the stunt industry, becoming the first woman to join the Hollywood stunt agency Stunts Unlimited. O’Neil performed all her stunts despite losing her hearing after contracting multiple diseases shortly after birth, leading to a fever that destroyed her hearing and nearly killed her had her mother not placed her in an ice bath.

Despite this, O’Neil became a proficient cello and piano player and might have become an Olympic diver. Her career was cut short by a case of spinal meningitis incurred shortly before the Tokyo Olympic trials. Yet she recovered and became a stuntwoman, performing multiple stunts for “Wonder Woman” over the show’s three-season run. Her most famous stunt came during the final season in

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