Google Doodle Pays Homage To The Unflinching Spirit Of Daredevil Woman Kitty O’Neil 'The Fastest Woman Alive'-DETAILS BELOW!
Kitty O’Neil was born 77 years ago to a Cherokee Native American mother and Irish father in Corpus Christi, Texas
Google Doodle on Friday, March 24, 2023, paid homage to the unflinching spirit of a daredevil woman Kitty O’Neil, who defied all odds to become the world's fastest woman and a leading stunt performer in America. Born on March 24, 1946, O’Neil was deaf since childhood and emerged as a legendary stunt performer, daredevil, and rocket-powered vehicle driver.
Interestingly, O’Neil was born 77 years ago to a Cherokee Native American mother and Irish father in Corpus Christi, Texas. Months after her birth, Kitty O'Neil suffered from multiple diseases which led to an intense fever and she lost her ability to hear due to high fever. However, she learned various communication methods and adapted to different audiences throughout her life.
She was determined to do something in life and she never saw her inability as an excuse or a limitation and often regarded it as an asset. Later, she learned various communication modes and adapted for different audiences throughout her life. Her dream of giving broke when she injured her wrist and got ill.
Despite her shortcomings, O’Neil pursued her love for adventure and action in the form of high-speed sports and stunt performance. She began experimenting with sports like water skiing and motorcycle racing. She also performed dangerous acting stunts like falling from daunting heights while set on fire and jumping from helicopters.
From race tracks to film sets, the ‘fastest woman in the world’, Kitty O’ Neil conquered them all ✨— Google India (@GoogleIndia) March 24, 2023
Today’s #GoogleDoodle celebrates this stunt-woman and racer, who didn’t let anything stop her from chasing her dreams 💛 pic.twitter.com/LmHzZbRgtt
In the late 70s, she proved herself to be a real-life Wonder Woman while performing challenging stunts in the movie Wonder Woman (1977-79). She was also a stunt double for films like The Blues Brothers (1980).
Kitty O’Neil’s commendable work made her the first woman to join Stunts Unlimited, an organization for Hollywood’s top stunt performers.
‘Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story’ highlights the struggles and achievements of Kitty’s life and was released in 1979 and also recaps the impressive Alvord Desert feat.
O’Neil made history in 1976 as she zoomed across the Alvord Desert at 512.76 miles per hour, after which she was named as ‘the fastest woman alive’. She drove the rocket-powered car called the Motivator and surpassed the previous record by 200 mph.
O’Neil’s ability to break the record by a landslide mark made her capable of even breaking men driver's mark. However, the sponsors weren’t happy with her feat and they did not allow her to break the overall record as they wanted to reserve the spot for a male driver.
O'Neil didn't settle with the stance of sponsors and even fought the legal battle to break the overall record. However, she failed and couldn't get the opportunity to break the overall record.
Later, she went ahead and broke all records of piloting jet-powered boats and rocket dragsters.
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