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Alice Van-Springsteen, a Hollywood stuntwoman who doubled for Dale Evans throughout her career, died Saturday of pneumonia at Point Loma Convalescent Hospital. She was 90.
Van-Springsteen worked as stunt double for Evans in most of the Western star’s movies with husband Roy Rogers and in about half of the duo’s television shows.
Her first work as a film stuntwoman came in Will Rogers’ last movie, “In Old Kentucky” (1935). A member of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, she went on to serve as a stunt double for Elizabeth Taylor (in 1944’s “National Velvet”), Marian Davis, Jane Wyman, Ingrid Bergman and Barbara Stanwyck (in “The Big Valley” TV series of the 1960s.)
Van-Springsteen performed during the opening ceremony at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and rode as a jockey, becoming the third woman ever to receive a trainer’s license for thoroughbred horses.
Before Evans married Rogers, she and Van-Springsteen were roommates, sharing a guest house at Bing Crosby’s home for about a year, according to the San Bernadino Sun.
Darcy Segobia, Van-Springsteen’s granddaughter, said Van-Springsteen will be cremated and her ashes spread at Evans and Rogers’ gravesite in Apple Valley, Calif.
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