Stuntwoman for Hollywood Westerns
Donna Hall Fishburn, rough-riding stuntwoman for Hollywood Westerns, died of a lung disease Aug. 7 at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. She was 74.
Fishburn, whose professional name was Donna Hall, doubled for Barbara Stanwyck in “The Maverick Queen,” Debbie Reynolds in “How the West Was Won” and Doris Day in “Calamity Jane.” Her father, stuntman Frank “Shorty” Hall, taught her how to ride at an early age, and she recalled being thrown from a horse at age 3. She began her career in the late 1940s jumping off trains and falling or leaping off horses, becoming one of only a dozen or so women doing Western stunt work in the ’40s and ’50s.
Along with her feature credits, she worked on numerous TV skeins, including “Kit Carson,” “The Lone Ranger,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Have Gun Will Travel.” She later trained actors in riding and wrangling horses.
She is survived by her husband, retired movie wrangler Jay Fishburn.