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Helen Gibson

Highest Rated:   100% Stagecoach (1939)
Birthday:   Not Available
Birthplace:   Not Available
Sources differ as to whether dark-haired American stunt woman/actress Helen Gibson actually enjoyed the benefit of clergy when "marrying" future cowboy star Hoot Gibson at the Pendleton Roundup in Oregon in 1911. Gibson herself always maintained that they were husband and wife and "The Hooter" certainly appeared the jealous husband when, in 1915, she replaced Helen Holmes in the long-running Hazards of Helen series and became the Gibson family's main breadwinner. Born Rose August Wenger but changing her name to fit her new role on and off the screen, Helen Gibson succeeded Helen Holmes after years as a stunt rider with the famous Miller 101 Wild West Show and as an eight dollars-a-week extra for film producer Thomas Ince. She was actually much livelier and arguably a better actress than her predecessor and the series made her a top action star. The Hazards of Helen finally ended in 1917 and Gibson would find the coming decade less hospitable. No longer with Hoot Gibson, she also suffered the indignity of going bankrupt in an attempt to produce her own starring vehicles. But despite setbacks, Helen Gibson persevered due to her superior riding skills and film work kept coming her way, right through to the 1960s and John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), for which she reportedly earned 35 dollars driving a team of horses. Helen Gibson lived long enough to become part of the nostalgia boom and often shared her recollections with readers of such publications as Films in Review.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Karla Faye Tucker: Forevermore
  • Director
  • Actor
2004
93% The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  • Actor
1962
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Home
  • Ranch Wive
1954
No Score Yet City That Never Sleeps
  • Woman
1953
No Score Yet Hollywood Story
  • Helen Gibson - Old-time Movie Star
1951
100% Stagecoach
  • Dancing Girl
1939
100% The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Woman
1935
No Score Yet Way of the West
  • Townswoman
1934
No Score Yet Law and Lawless
  • Mrs. Kelley
1932

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