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Alice Van-Springsteen

Alice Van-Springsteen
Born Alice Grace van der Veen
(1918-07-12)July 12, 1918
Died September 13, 2008(2008-09-13) (aged 90)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation Stuntwoman, jockey

Alice Van-Springsteen (July 12, 1918 – September 13, 2008) was an American stuntwoman.

Born as Alice Grace van der Veen in California, she debuted in rodeo at the age of 13 in 1932 at the Los Angeles Coliseum. She was a friend of Dale Evans and served as Evans' stunt double through most of her career. She was a stunt double for Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet. Other actresses for whom she stunt doubled on film or television include: Barbara Stanwyck, Marion Davies, Lois January, Jane Wyman, Judy Canova, Gail Davis, Dennie Moore, Dorothy Revier and Linda Evans.

Her first film stunt work came in 1935, in Will Rogers' last movie In Old Kentucky. She had performed during the opening ceremony at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. She also rode as a jockey, becoming the third woman ever to receive a trainer's license for thoroughbred horses.


She died of pneumonia on September 13, 2008, aged 90, at Point Loma Convalescent Hospital.[1]


Alice van der Veen married film director Robert "Bud" Springsteen (died 1989) in the 1940s. The couple's only child, Norman Springsteen, died in 1970. Alice Van-Springsteen was survived by her granddaughter, Darcy Segobia.


External links

  • Van Springsteen's mini-profile
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