The Stuntwoman: The True Story of a Hollywood Heroine

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The Stuntwoman is the inspirational story of a brave woman who stood alone against the most powerful forces in Hollywood. For her troubles, she was fired, ridiculed and blacklisted. And when she sued, her attorney swore under oath that he sabotaged her case on orders from the Mafia. But through it all, she persevered, and in the end, she prevailed, and most importantly, she made a difference.

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Julie Ann Johnson in Her Prime I have known Julie for the past 35 years. She has been well respected for her work as a stunt performer, as well as a stunt coordinator at a time when men completely dominated the world of stunts. Her fight against sex discrimination and the rampant use of drugs opened a can of worms that would eventually cost her her livelihood and almost her life. As a woman, I take my hat off to her bravery and her untiring efforts to level the playing field, so that young aspiring stuntwomen will be measured by merit and not by the game that's played. - Jade David, Stunt performer, Stunt and Safety Representative, Screen Actors Guild (1996 -2001) I have always admired Julie Ann Johnson and considered her to be one of Hollywood's premier stuntwomen. I know what courage it takes to tackle the status quo, especially in Hollywood. I filed 32 EEOC charges alleging discrimination in Hollywood's hiring practices that triggered an investigation, which revealed a wide spread practice of discrimination in Hollywood. As a result, I was labeled a troublemaker and blacklisted. Bravo Julie, for having the courage to write this book. "Nothing changes until someone makes it change" - Marvin Walters, Stuntman, Stunt Coordinator, Cofounder Black Stuntmen's Association It is important in 2012 to remember the reasons we fought for equal rights in the early days of civil rights. Julie Ann Johnson and David Robb remind us how far we have come and how far we have to go. - Margaret Ryan Kreeger, Esq. Former EEOC attorney and investigator Wow! I worked with Julie on Charlie's Angels, doubling for Cheryl Ladd, and witŽnessed the unjustified practices of the people in charge. I experienced the intimŽidation of being told that if I didn't drop my lawsuit, my next job might be my last. Thank you Julie and David for bravely telling a story that needs to be told. - Jeannie Coulter, Stuntwoman/Stunt Coordinator

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