Considered by many to be one of the greatest stuntwomen in history, May Boss (what a name!) has passed away. She had been suffering from declining health after a stroke in 2008.
Boss was a horse rider for the rodeo circuit before transitioning Hollywood, working on a string of Westerns. She started in 1952 with The Story of Will Rogers, and rode horseback in numerous films including Nevada Smith, The Hallelujah Trail, How The West Was Won, and They Came to Cordura.
May doubled some of Hollywoods biggest stars of the time, including Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, Sandra Lee, Doris Day, and Dorothy Malone. She was even one of the flying nannies in Mary Poppins. Over the course of her career she broke both arms twice each and was nearly killed while filming a fire stunt for the pilot episode of Ironside.
Aside from her stunt work, Boss also played bit parts in various TV shows and movies. She continued working as a day player and Stuntwoman until 2003, well into her 70’s. Her last credited stunt work was for Ang Lee’s Hulk.
She was 90 years old.