10 Incredible Female Daredevils
1Annie Edson Taylor – First Person Over Niagara Falls in a Barrel
Although famous for a few minutes, she still died penniless in 1921 and her thrilling deed was hardly remembered... until now!
2Maria Spelterini – First Woman to Tightrope Walk Over Niagara Falls
She didn't just do it once: she did it a second time blindfolded, once with peach barrels on her feet, and another time in chains, often in colorful, outrageous costumes.
3Debbie Lawler aka “The Flying Angel”
Although Evel reclaimed the title (by just one car) she still holds the woman's record in jumping. Watch her go below:
4Mabel Stark Was the First Tiger Trainer
The heyday of Stark's career was during the 1920s. She performed at Madison Square Garden and performed with 18 tigers at once. She was mauled seriously three times during her career, but worked for 57 years. Finally, at 79, after being fired from Jungleland, she overdosed on barbiturates, reportedly due to depression.
5Female Trio are World's Only Wing Walking Team
6Female Motocross Daredevil Holds Worlds Records
7Zazel, the First Human Cannonball
The date was April 10, 1877 at the Royal Aquarium of London and she was just 14-years old. The spring-loaded cannon shot her 6.1 meters and launched a new daredevil fad. Zazel went on to tour with PT Barnum, eventually breaking her back during a similar stunt.
According to Wikipedia, 30 human cannonballs have died in the ensuing years, mostly due to safety net failures.
8Helen Gibson – First Professional Stuntwoman
One of her first stunts is also one of her most famous – a leap from a roof onto a moving train for the Adventures of Helen series. It was the success in this stunt that landed her the title role (and her name) replacing the original “Helen” which continued on for another 69 episodes. She went on to a 50-year career in Hollywood, retiring in 1962 at 69 years old. Watch her in action below and see why she is still considered one of the best:
963 Women in Vertical Skydive Break World Record
Watch a video of their amazing stunt.
10Woman Covers Herself in Pheremones, Dances With Honeybees
Oregonian Sarah Mapelli is a performance artist who smothers her naked body in pheromones and then covers herself in 12,000 honeybees. She lets the flow of the bees guide her as she does what she calls a “bee dance.” Sure she's been stung, but Sarah feels this is a way to get closer to nature as well as express herself in a unique way. Watch:
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