Stunt Memorial: Dell, Paula (RIP)


Paula Dell

Born: 1926

Died: 2017


Acrobat and stuntwoman Paula Dell was born Paula Adele Unger on November 15, 1926 in Longmont, Colorado. Her sister Rosalie was an expert tumbler. Dell moved with her family to California in 1935. Following graduation from Santa Monica High School, Paula went on to attend both Stephens College and the University of Southern California, where she studied physical education. Moreover, Dell also established herself as the Queen of Venice's Muscle Beach as well as was a performer with the Dwayne Bros. Circus and an international acrobatic judge. In addition, Paula also performed stunts in a handful of films and TV shows; she's best known for doubling Carol Channingfor the scene in which Channing gets shot out of a cannon onto a stage in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). Dell also worked as a teacher in Los Angeles when she wasn't doing stunts. Paula was inducted into the U.S. Sports Acrobatics Hall of Fame in 2003. Dell died at age 90 at her home in Santa Monica, California on January 9, 2017. She was survived by her son Randy, sister Rosalie, and granddaughters Emily and Gracie.

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