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Kitty O'Neil, Deaf Hollywood Stuntwoman and Daredevil, Dies at 72

Updated On 06 Nov, 2018 Published On

Kitty O'Neil, a famed deaf Hollywood stuntwoman and daredevil who doubled for Lynda Carter on Wonder Woman and set a record as the fastest woman driver ever, has died at the age of 72.

She died Friday, November 2, at Eureka Community Hospital in Eureka, South Dakota.

Her longtime friend Ky Michaelson, who is also a former stuntman, confirmed Kitty's tragic passing, and as for the cause of death, she told The Hollywood Reporter that she died of pneumonia adding that she had suffered a heart attack recently.

Kitty worked on numerous movies like Airport 1975, Two-Minute Warning (1976), The Blues Brothers (1980) Airport '77, Damien: Omen II (1978) and Foul Play (1978).

She did a most famous Hollywood stunt in 1979 when she dressed as Wonder Woman and plunged headfirst 127 feet from atop the Valley Hilton in Sherman Oaks.

Michaelson says Kitty had no children and no survivors. She was in romantic relationships with stuntmen Hal Needham and Duffy Hambleton.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days. Rest In Peace Kitty O'Neil!

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