Stuntwoman Spotlight: Debbie Evans
Stunts Aren’t Just For Men
While the word stuntman might seem like it only leaves room for one of the genders to be represented, Debbie Evans has shown that stunt work isn’t just a boys club. Challenging what it means to be a stuntman, Debbie Evans not only showed that a stuntwoman could do everything that their male counterparts could, she also showed that mastery of the motorcycle is something that, when paired with an insatiable need to be the best and a thirst for adventure, can go a long way in making a name for oneself in the world of stunt work. In today’s post, we are going to give a little more information about this amazing stuntwoman, her contributions to the world of stunts, and why she earned herself a spot on Stunt Stories. Continue reading below to learn more.
Debbie Evans Didn’t Start as a Stuntwoman
Born in Lakewood, California in 1958, Debbie Evans took an immediate interest in motorcycles. By the age of six, she learned how to drive one of these mechanical beasts and, after watching her father David Evans compete in motorcycle observed trials, decided that she wanted to see if she carve out a name for herself in the world competitive motorcycle racing. In the beginning of her career, she competed in trials and enduro events, often as the only female in the race. Unlike typical motorcycle races that are conducted on a track or a closed race circuit, enduro events are grueling races that are held on extended cross-country, off-road courses. These races require that a person have amazing endurance, thus the name, and a mastery of their motorcycle that many people can only hope to achieve. At the age of 19, Evans accepted an invitation to compete in the 1978 Scottish Six Days Trial, a trial race known for its particularly harsh demands on riders. Although many people felt that the trial would be too difficult for Evans, she completed the event and, even more impressively, came in fourth place. Evans had made her mark on the world and people were beginning to take notice.
Taking Riding Skills to the Next Level
After making a name for herself performing in exhibition shows, Evans wanted to test herself once more by becoming a stuntwoman who focussed specifically on motorcycle stunts. As many people in the stunt industry can attest to, motorcycle stunts are among the most dangerous stunts possible and require a rider who is not just skilled but brave as well. After testing the waters of stunt work, Evans became so successful and respected that she was able to turn her stunt work into a full-fledged career. Appearing in over 200 movies, Evans became known as one of the best in the business and was even inducted into the motorcycle hall of fame in 2003. To date, Evans has won three Taurus World Stunt Awards, most notably for her motorcycle stunt work in The Matrix Reloaded in 2004 and in The Fast And The Furious in 2002.
To learn more about Debbie Evans and the other amazing men and women who risk their lives to bring Hollywood stunts to life, visit Stunt Stories today. Hosted by Corey Eubanks, Stunt Stories focuses on the careers of noted stuntwomen and stuntmen and strives to provide the public with a little more insight into this exciting and dangerous world. With every subscription, Stunt Stories will donate $1 to the Taurus Foundation, the foundation responsible for providing support to the international stunt community and financial assistance to the members of the Taurus World Stunt Awards Academy who experience a debilitating, stunt-related injury. Help a wonderful cause and learn more about the amazing world of stunt work today!