Helen Gibson
Actress, stuntwoman, trick rider, film producer
Helen Gibson
Helen Gibson was an American film actress, vaudeville performer, radio performer, film producer, trick rider and rodeo performer; and is considered to be the first American professional stunt woman.
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BIRTHDAY - Zanesville Times Recorder
Google News - over 5 years
Helen Gibson will celebrate her 84th birthday Monday. Send cards to 1926 Lawhead Lane. Becky Vernon Williams will celebrate her birthday Monday. Send cards to 390 Rix Mills Road, New Concord, OH 43762. The Rev. Leonard Burson will celebrate his 87th
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OPEN HOUSE - Zanesville Times Recorder
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Helen Gibson will celebrate her 84th birthday Monday. Send cards to 1926 Lawhead Lane. Becky Vernon Williams will celebrate her birthday Monday. Send cards to 390 Rix Mills Road, New Concord, OH 43762. Marilyn Collins will celebrate her 80th birthday
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Wallace E. Gibson - Sturgis Journal
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Mr. Gibson is survived by his son, Wallace (Amy) Gibson Jr. of St. Louis, Mo.; his daughters, Cindy (Don) Ball of Boone, Iowa and Belinda Gillette and Bonita (Calvin) Shilling, both of Reading; his brother, Keagy (Helen) Gibson Jr. of Coldwater;
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Pensacola to be site of 2012 Florida Neighborhoods Conference next summer.- 11 ... - Pensacola News Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Helen Gibson, Pensacola's Chief of Neighborhoods, has attended the conference for the past several years and was instrumental in bringing the conference to Pensacola. "The conference has always been a unique opportunity for community leaders and
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'Housewives' dinner theater to raise money for downtown lights - Le Mars Daily Sentinel
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... Abby (Marceta Claypool) a world famous fashion model, Betsy (Kathy Stelzer) a well-meaning neighbor, Jeanette (Julie Beitelspacher) a worn-out mother, Eve (Danna Schuster) a real estate agent, Mrs. Putton (Mary Helen Gibson) a neighborhood gossip,
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Noise level blow for wind farm - The Australian
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In Victoria, deputy VCAT president Helen Gibson found the proposal at The Sisters needed to be judged by wind farm guidelines implemented by the Baillieu government in March, instead of the former planning rules, which had more lenient noise limits
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Silent film festival tips hat to women, slapstick - Oakland Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
... followed by "Ghost of the Canyon" starring Helen Gibson. At 3:30 pm Sunday, the festival will close with the 1924 film, "The Family Secret." All films will be shown at the Niles Edison Theater, 37417 Niles Blvd. Tickets prices vary by film
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Visual art reviews: Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2011 and MFA Degree Show ... - Scotsman
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Helen Gibson makes a forceful assault on the culture of women's magazines with her billboard messages ("Wear make-up, you're ugly without it") and clever slogans on false nails. Lou Prenderghast creates a portrait of her late mother, through objects,
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Göteborg kan få ny musikteater - Expressen
Google News - over 5 years
Förslaget presenterades av Lars Iwdal, arkitekt, Thomas Dahl vice vd Wallenstam, Hans Josefsson operasångare och Helen Gibson i onsdagens GP. Men det förslaget får nobben av Göteborgs toppolitiker. - Det är inget vi kan ta ställning till nu,
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Christus receives partial summary judgment in case over nicked colon - Southeast Texas Record
Google News - over 5 years
Last October, Debra Miller, the executrix of a Helen Gibson's estate, filed suit against the doctor and hospital she blames for nicking Gibson's colon during surgery. On Monday, Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, partially granted defendant
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Kenneth Dale Wendland - Waseca County News
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Born in Waseca on June 19, 1935, he was the son of Roy and Helen (Gibson) Wendland. Ken was baptized by his grandfather, Rev. Percy Gibson on July 21, 1935. He graduated from Waseca High School in 1953. In 1962, Ken and his father purchased Waseca
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In Deaths at Rail Crossings, Missing Evidence and Silence
NYTimes - over 12 years
At 5:45 p.m., with the autumn sun dipping toward the horizon, Blas Lopez, a father of four young children, drove his truck loaded with potatoes bound for market onto a railroad crossing in south-central Washington State. In an instant, a 4,700-ton Union Pacific train rammed Mr. Lopez's truck with the force of an explosion, ripping apart his body.
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CHARLES GIBSON
NYTimes - over 31 years
Charles Gibson, retired professor of Latin American history at the University of Michigan, died Aug. 22 at the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburg, N.Y. He was 65 years old and lived in Keeseville, N.Y. Professor Gibson taught at Michigan from 1965 to 1983, and in 1977 was appointed the Henry Russel Lecturer, the university's highest
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1977
    Age 84
    Helen Gibson died of heart failure following a stroke in 1977 aged 85.
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  • 1962
    Age 69
    She retired in January, 1962 on a Motion Picture Industry Pension of $200 a month plus social security.
    More Details Hide Details The couple moved to Roseburg, Oregon, where she spent her later years fishing and giving the occasional interview.
  • 1961
    Age 68
    Her last role was in the autumn of 1961, John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, for which she was paid $35; she was 69 years old.
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  • 1957
    Age 64
    Gibson suffered a slight stroke in 1957, but it did not prevent her working as an extra in film and television.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1940
    Age 47
    In 1940 he asked for active duty, and while he was serving in World War II, she carried on working as an extra and became treasurer of the stunt girl's fraternal organization.
    More Details Hide Details In Universal's Hollywood Story (1951), she was cast as a retired silent film actress alongside Francis X. Bushman, William Farnum, Betty Blythe and earned $55 for one scene. Tony Curtis, then unknown, was assigned to escort Gibson and Blythe to the premier at the Academy Award Theater at the Academy's then-headquarters on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, where The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce gave each silent star a plaque “for your outstanding contribution to the art and science of motion pictures, for the pleasure you have brought to millions over the world, and for your help in making Hollywood the film capital of the world.” Gibson continued to take character parts and extra work until 1954, when the couple moved to Lake Tahoe for health reasons. After trying unsuccessfully to sell real estate they returned and bought a home in Panorama City, in the San Fernando Valley.
  • 1935
    Age 42
    In 1935, Helen married Clifton Johnson, a studio electrician who had been a chief gunner in the Navy.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1927
    Age 34
    She returned to Hollywood in 1927 and began doubling for stars such as Louise Fazenda, Irene Rich, Edna May Oliver, Marie Dressler, Marjorie Main, May Robson, Esther Dale and Ethel Barrymore.
    More Details Hide Details She worked constantly stunt doubling and in uncredited or bit parts. As she had in her heyday, Helen became a featured guest at benefit rodeos and events such as the Annual Santa Barbara Horse Show.
  • 1923
    Age 30
    In 1923, Hoot and Helen Johnson Gibson had their only child, Lois Charlotte Gibson; and divorced in 1930.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1922
    Age 29
    In 1922, Hoot married a woman named Helen Johnson, who is often confused with Helen Gibson.
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  • 1921
    Age 28
    After her recovery from surgery, Gibson's popularity as a lead had waned. In September 1921 an independent company hired her for a 5-reeler and folded without paying the cast or crew.
    More Details Hide Details Riding in the picture put Gibson back in the hospital, forcing her to sell her furniture, jewelry and car. In the spring of 1924 Gibson got a job trick riding with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' Wild West show along with other cowboy performers such as Ken Maynard, and performed in their 'after show' for two-and-a-half years. In September 1926 Gibson joined a Hopi Indian act and worked the Keith Vaudeville Circuit out of Boston.
  • 1920
    Age 27
    In 1920 Gibson created Helen Gibson Productions to produce her own starring vehicles.
    More Details Hide Details The first was to be No Man's Woman, a Western melodrama about a kind-hearted dance-hall hostess rescuing a rancher's child. The money gave out before the picture was finished, and it bankrupted Gibson personally. A year later, the film was released by another studio with a new title, Nine Points of the Law. In March 1921, the Spencer Production company hired Gibson to star in The Wolverine. They were so pleased with her performance they put her on the payroll at $450 a week. However, before shooting began on her second picture her appendix ruptured, putting her in the hospital battling peritonitis. The studio replaced her.
    Census records for 1920 indicate that they were living separately; Hoot Gibson listing himself as married, and Helen listing herself as widowed.
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  • 1919
    Age 26
    Her Universal contract ended with the winter of 1919 and she signed with Capital Film Company for $300 a week, but Capital was already losing money and went out of business in May 1920.
    More Details Hide Details Hoot Gibson who had joined the Army tank corps, returned during Christmas 1918 and Universal gave him a contract to appear in 2-reel westerns. He found his wife had become a very successful movie star while he was away, but his ego couldn't handle it and the couple separated in 1920.
    Universal offered her a three-year contract at $125 a week for 2-reel, and 5-reel pictures until 1919; among these were two 1919 John Ford films, Rustlers and Gun Law.
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  • 1917
    Age 24
    Gibson performed in The Hazards of Helen for 69 episodes until the series ended in February 1917, after which Kalem tried producing another serial The Daughter of Daring, with a starring role for her.
    More Details Hide Details One of her best stunts appeared in this serial: traveling at full speed on a motorcycle chasing after a runaway freight train, Gibson rode through a wooden gate, shattering it completely, up a station platform, and through the open doors of a boxcar on a siding, with her machine traveling through the air until it landed on a flatcar in a passing train. The trick was to undercrank the camera and execute it all with flawless timing. By then Kalem, a producer of single-reel films, was in decline and rather than risking financial failure producing feature films, ceased production in 1917 and was sold to Vitagraph.
  • 1915
    Age 22
    In April 1915 while on the Kalem payroll doubling for Helen Holmes in The Hazards of Helen adventure film series, Helen performed what is thought to be her most dangerous stunt: a leap from the roof of a station onto the top of a moving train in the A Girl’s Grit episode.
    More Details Hide Details The distance between station roof and train top was accurately measured, and she practiced the jump with the train standing still. The train had to be moving on camera for about a quarter mile and its accelerating velocity was timed to the second. She leapt without hesitation and landed correctly, but the train’s motion made her roll toward the end of the car. She caught hold of an air vent and hung on, dangling over the edge to increase the effect on the screen. She suffered only a few bruises. "The real difficulty of the stunt lay not in the leap itself; since she had practised this with the train stationary and it clearly presented no difficulties, but in the timing. What such stunts require is an inbuilt awareness of the speed of the moving object. During the course of a leap where a moving object is concerned, the spatial relationship between take-off point and landing point changes. It is quite possible to imagine a leap from a static take-off point on to the roof of a moving train in which the stuntman aims to land halfway along a carriage roof yet in fact-because of the speed of the train-lands in the gap between two carriages. It seems that in such a leap the safest place to aim at is the gap itself At least in that way one can guarantee to miss it. Helen Gibson had this sensitivity to spatial relationships between objects in motion, but it is certainly not a gift shared by all stuntmen."
  • 1913
    Age 20
    It was in Pendleton in June 1913 that she met Edmund Richard "Hoot" Gibson (1892-1962).
    More Details Hide Details They began working together, and at a rodeo in Salt Lake City they won everything – the relay race, the standing woman race, trick riding, and Hoot won the pony express race; but the promoter of the rodeo skipped town and they didn’t get a cent of the prize money. That summer the couple performed in rodeos in Winnipeg, Canada and Boise, Idaho, and arrived back in Pendleton a few days before the Pendleton Round-Up was due to begin. However, because rooms were almost impossible to obtain, they decided to "tie the knot" as married couples were given preference, and as a result the landlady gave them her own room. They won enough money to return to Los Angeles, where Hoot worked as a cowboy extra and double for Tom Mix, at the Selig Polyscope Company in the Edendale district of Los Angeles (now known as Echo Park). Helen also worked for Selig and for the Kalem Studios in Glendale.
    Like many of the cowboy extras, Helen continued to perform in rodeos between pictures. At the Second Los Angeles Rodeo in 1913 she was featured in the Standing Woman Race, and so impressed one of the investors that he offered to finance a tour of rodeos for her, paying all expenses and splitting the winnings.
    More Details Hide Details At his ranch outside of Pendleton, Oregon, Helen worked his horses every day, and learned new forms of trick riding.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1912
    Age 19
    In 1912 she made $15 a week for her first billed role as Ruth Roland's sister in Ranch Girls on a Rampage.
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  • 1910
    Age 17
    They taught her to ride, and she performed in her first 101 Ranch Real Wild West Show in St. Louis in April 1910.
    More Details Hide Details Said Helen: "(I) was already practicing picking up a hand-kerchief from the ground at full gallop. When veteran riders told me I could get kicked in the head, I paid no heed. Such things might happen to others but could never happen to me, I believed. We barnstormed all over the US and the season ended all too soon. I was sorry when I had to go home, and could hardly wait to open in Boston in the spring of 1911." When the Miller-Arlington Show suddenly closed in 1911, it left many performers stranded in Venice, CA. Thomas H. Ince, who was producing for the New York Motion Picture Company, hired the entire cast for the winter at $2,500 a week. The performers were paid $8 a week and boarded in Venice, where the horses were stabled. They rode five miles each day to work in Topanga Canyon, where the films were being shot.
  • 1909
    Age 16
    Helen saw her first Wild West show in Cleveland in the summer of 1909 and answered a Miller Brothers 101 Ranch ad for girl riders in Billboard magazine.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1892
    Born
    Born on August 27, 1892.
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