Episode 116: “Stunts of Steele with Living Legend Debbie Evans”

Could you be a stuntwoman? Find out what it takes. Susan and Sharon are honored to talk with legendary award-winning stuntwoman Debbie Evans Leavitt. In a career spanning six decades, Debbie has risked life and limb in classic television shows and massive blockbuster movies.
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The Conversation

  • Remembering 37 episodes of “Remington Steele” including
    - Learning to run “like Laura Holt”
    - Falling from a burning building!
    - Jumping Laura’s VW Rabbit into a pond!
    - Stunting for the guys! Using a fat suit and bald cap to double as Remington and Laura’s nemesis Norman Keyes – and getting punched by Pierce Brosnan!
  • Riding motorcycles with her dad and her first time on a bike (she crashed)
  • Building a Honda 55 step thru piece-by-piece at age 8 (took a year)
  • Having fun on the set of “The Fast and the Furious” films with Michelle Rodriquez
  • Getting her first movie gig with Roger Corman on the aptly named “DeathSport”
  • Being mentored by “stunt mom” and veteran stuntwoman Jeannie Epper
  • Doing her first car flip on “ChiPs”
  • Doubling Stepfanie Kramer on Hunter.
  • Taking the wheel of the Cody Coyote on Hardcastle & McCormick.
  • Playing cowboys and guitar with Kris Kristofferson on the set of Heaven's Gate.
  • Being inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2003 – a dream come true.

Susan, Sharon and Debbie talk about crashing, flipping, speeding and Gosling! (Ryan, of course…) as Debbie explains the subtle art of giving people “the respect they don’t deserve”…

Our Audio-ography

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THE STUNTWOMAN: The True Story of a Hollywood Heroine by David L. Robb and Julie Ann Johnson - On Amazon- Paperback - Kindle.

Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story (Screen Classics) by Mollie Gregory - On Amazon - Kindle


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80s TV Ladies™ Episode 116 – “Stunts of Steele with Living Legend Debbie Evans” Produced by 134 West and Susan Lambert Hatem. Hosted by Susan Lambert Hatem and Sharon Johnson. Guests: Debbie Evans Leavitt. Sound Engineer and Editor: Kevin Ducey. Producer: Melissa Roth. Associate Producer: Sergio Perez. Music by Amy Engelhardt. Copyright 2022 134 West, LLC and Susan Lambert. All Rights Reserved.


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Susan Lambert Hatem  00:17

Hello, I'm Susan Lambert Hatem.

Sharon Johnson  00:18

And I'm Sharon Johnson. Welcome to the fabulous 80s TV Ladies podcast where we look at ladies driven television from the 1980s decade. We hope you enjoy today's show.

Susan Lambert Hatem  00:30

We have been chasing our next guest all around the world to get a chance to talk to her. She has been super busy working on everything from The Batman to Fast X, aka Fast and the Furious 10.

Sharon Johnson  00:43

Just as women were stepping into new roles in the 70s and 80s in front of the camera, they were doing the same behind the camera, and in her case behind the wheel.

Susan Lambert Hatem  00:53

Today we will be talking with one of the top stunt women and stunt drivers in the world. Debbie Evans Leavitt. Now I have always been fascinated by stunts, since I was a kid. I felt like not really athletic but kind of sporty in my youth. I've ridden a horse or two in my day, fancy myself a fairly competent driver. And I actually learned how to throw a punch. What about you, Sharon? Are you sporty? Stunty?

Sharon Johnson  01:19

I have never considered myself sporty or athletic. I always felt that I had underdeveloped athletic ability. But as I'm afraid of heights, and I'm claustrophobic, plus I have a low pain threshold, stunts was probably not for me.

Susan Lambert Hatem  01:38

In my youths, I could have pulled off the small stuff. But I would not be a very good stunt woman. Pain being one of the things I don't like that much in life. And I do not like heights and moreso now than ever. And unless it's on fire, I would not willingly jump out of a, um a plane. And I think that's one of the...

Sharon Johnson  01:38

Why jump out of a perfectly good plane?! (Chuckles)

Susan Lambert Hatem  01:51

... a perfectly good airplane. Why would you jump out of that? And I think that if you, if you are a person that would jump out of an airplane, then you could possibly be a stunt person. If you are not, then you are in the category that is not really a stunt person. So Sharon, they call you up to the show and they say we need you for some stunts, but here, you get to pick your style. Cars, fights, or falls?

Sharon Johnson  02:17

Oh, it's cars all the way. I know how to drive a car. I don't know how to maybe flip it or anything, but at least I know how to drive a car. And I'd like to think that they- they wouldn't make me drive it off the cliff or something. So yeah, I definitely pick cars. Fights? I, I, I have never been in a fight. I don't want to ever be in a fight. I don't know that I could even pretend. And I'm certainly not falling off of anything.

Susan Lambert Hatem  02:41

Yeah, I'm not falling either. I think again, I can pull myself out of a skid pretty well. But, I actually think that I, I would like doing fights more. Particularly if they were controlled. You know, I took a little Martial Arts, not much but a little bit. Because I wrote, was writing action movies for a while and I felt I needed to know how to do that. So that, that would be fun. But I, I think in the real world, I wouldn't be able to do it. But in this magical podcasting world, that's what I would pick. Melissa, do you have a choice?

Melissa Roth  03:08

Yes um.

Susan Lambert Hatem  03:09

Cars, fights, or falls.

Melissa Roth  03:11


Susan Lambert Hatem  03:12

Well, thank goodness because Debbie Evans Leavitt is a car stunt person and she does many things. We're going to hear all about it today. And she is a thankfully a much braver woman than us.

Sharon Johnson  03:22

Debbie's appeared as a stunt driver and stunt performer in over 300, that's right, 300 movies and TV shows.

Susan Lambert Hatem  03:31

She has seven Taurus World Stunt Awards, has been inducted into the Motorcyclist Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame. In the motorcycle and motorsports trial world, she competed successfully at the national and world championship events and trials sometimes as the only woman.

Sharon Johnson  03:52

And as you'll hear later in our podcast, a very big star called her, to her face, a living legend. That's our guest today. Some of her most famous stunts include doubling Trinity for The Matrix Reloaded motorcycle freeway chase, and her work on the Fast and the Furious Franchise. As mentioned earlier, she just finished working on Fast 10 or whatever the hell it's called.

Susan Lambert Hatem  04:20

I'm gonna call it FX.

Sharon Johnson  04:20


Susan Lambert Hatem  04:23

She has doubled Michelle Rodriguez, Angelina Jolie, Carrie Anne Moss, Linda Hamilton, Lynda Carter, and the list goes on and on. We are so happy to have you on the show today. Welcome Debbie Evans to 80s TV Ladies.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  04:36

Thank you so much. It's good to be here.

Sharon Johnson  04:38

Before we we go back a little bit. Let's start with with what's going on with you today. We know you just got back from working on Fast and the Furious X and wondered what you were doing on the show and what if anything... understanding that there are a lot of things you probably can't talk about... What if anything you can tell us about what you what you were doing on the shoot?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  05:00

I was stunt driving. And we always have a lot of fun. And it's a lot of the same people that I've known for years that we trust. And we work together really well as a team. And I was in England and Portugal. And so I've been to England many times. But Portugal, I'd never been there. And so that was really nice. I really enjoy Portugal. I can't really tell you about much of anything.

Sharon Johnson  05:27


Debbie Evans Leavitt  05:27

Because if I did, they'd have to kill me. (Laughs)

Sharon Johnson  05:30

(Laughs) And we can't have that.

Susan Lambert Hatem  05:33

Alright, so how many of the Fast and the Furious have you worked on?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  05:39

All but two.

Susan Lambert Hatem  05:40

All but two!

Debbie Evans Leavitt  05:41

Yeah, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Sharon Johnson  05:47


Debbie Evans Leavitt  05:48

I can talk about those.

Susan Lambert Hatem  05:50

Yeah. We'll, we're gonna come back around.

Sharon Johnson  05:52

But actually, as you mentioned, there's a number of the crew that have worked with you on many of the Movies. So in that regard, it sounds like it might be a little like Network Series Television? Where you've got a group of people you're working with over the course of a Season or are in this case, it's a course of a number of years, perhaps?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  06:09

Yeah, we have a stunt team that does a lot of the Second Unit, which is the action unit where we take off and do all the car work. So and we've been working together for years. But before that, Fast and Furious One, was a different Stunt Coordinator. And then Two and Three were the same Coordinator. And then Six is where Spiro Razatos and crew came in, all of us. But I worked for a lot of different people. So I was doubling all the girls that were driving pretty much.

Susan Lambert Hatem  06:31

And Michelle Rodriguez sometimes on particular movies? For sure? Or...

Debbie Evans Leavitt  06:49

Yeah, Um on Fast and Furious, the Fast Franchise, I've doubled her driving. So it was really cool. The first time we worked together, she was all excited about the driving stuff. And I came sliding in, you know, to the little sandwich shop and you know, little angle... err! She goes, she comes over, she goes, That is so cool. I wish I could do that. I thought when I was going to be an actor, I was gonna to get to do what you're doing! (Checkles) We got a joke about that off and on through the years, because I know that more and more, they're doing more and more Green Screen. So it's not even out on location. And I get to do all the fun stuff.

Susan Lambert Hatem  07:33

You know, that is the fun stuff. And so, my question is you're driving for the shoot and all that kind of stuff. You're in Portugal. Do you then take one of the cars out and just go driving around Portugal?  

Debbie Evans Leavitt  07:35


Susan Lambert Hatem  07:43

On your off day? Oh Come on. (Guffaw)

Debbie Evans Leavitt  07:45

Oh, no no no.

Sharon Johnson  07:45


Debbie Evans Leavitt  07:47

That would be a no, no, I would be on a plane back to LA.

Susan-Sharon  07:48


Susan Lambert Hatem  07:52

All right, maybe not one of Their cars.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  07:54

But the thing is, is all, all these great cars I get to drive. If I had them, I wouldn't drive them like that, because I'd have to pay the insurance. And I'd worry about scratching them and I'd worry about somebody stealing them and all that. (Chuckles) So it's really nice. I've driven cars, amazing cars. I drove the Corvette Stingray, the red one.

Susan Lambert Hatem  08:19


Debbie Evans Leavitt  08:19

And the Rally Fighter and then the Nova in 9. And, you know, just all different cool cars. And the coolest one I've ever got to drive is the Enzo Ferrari.

Susan Lambert Hatem  08:35

All right, well, yeah. That,  even I, even I know that's a...

Debbie Evans Leavitt  08:38

That's from a different movie.

Susan Lambert Hatem  08:39

What movie was that on?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  08:40

There are only 400 of them.

Susan Lambert Hatem  08:41

What movie was that on?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  08:42

A movie called Red Line.

Susan Lambert Hatem  08:45

Okay, all right. And I I like cars, but I'm not, I don't know a lot about cars.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  08:52

And I think they even put me in as doubling, I don't know who I was driving for. I think it was a guy. (Laughs)

Susan Lambert Hatem  08:59

And so. Alright so...

Debbie Evans Leavitt  09:00

I drove it so well, they just (chuckles) ...

Susan Lambert Hatem  09:01

.... they just like put you in.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  09:04

Get in and do that.

Susan Lambert Hatem  09:05

Let's let's talk about real quick. Just, you know, before we get into the meat of this, um. Can you break down like the stunt sort of credits and worlds? So when you talk about stunt driving versus stunt coordinating, versus all that stuff that we understand, that our listeners understand what what those mean?

Sharon Johnson  09:05


Debbie Evans Leavitt  09:22

Okay, um, a Stunt Performer. That's how I started out was just a general stunt performer. I did, started in motorcycling. And then I started you know, I was really good at cars because of the motorcycling, so I started doing that as well. But I was an athlete too. So I learned fights and falls and getting hit by cars and falling down stairs and all that stuff. So, a Stunt Performer needs to know a lot of different things so that when you're doubling somebody, you don't have to be constantly replacing the double with somebody else who can do the other skill. So that's how I got my start. And uh, there are specialties though. Like, some people are really good at fights, and, you know, do all the flipping and all that kind of stuff. And some are gymnast. And, you know, really good on wires. And so you kind of usually have a specialty. And then um, then there's a Stunt Coordinator, who is always a Stunt Performer who has gone on to do the coordinating part of it. And so what they do is they're more Production now. They go in to Production meetings, break down scripts, go on, on scouts, budget scripts for the stunt work. And, and then they call and see if people are available, knowing who can do what skills and what's... Maybe sometimes they need a perfect body double sometimes that, you know, it's like a facial double, depending on what the actor is gonna be doing. And then other times, it's more about just skills. And sometimes you can find both, that's perfect double with the skills. So that's kind of how it works. And then a lot of them go on to Second Unit Directing, which is, basically a Second Unit is... You have your First Unit, which is all the actors and everything. And then the Second Unit or the Action Unit will go out and get a whole bunch of stunt people and you know, we'll we'll just film the action parts of it. And every once in a while we have one of the Stars come in, just for a day or two to get a few pieces to tie them in. Now we do a lot of dots on our faces. (Chuckles)

Susan Lambert Hatem  11:46

I was gonna say now there's much, so many Special Effects to help that tie-in, that they're just like, Okay. Go get crazy and come back and give us all your footage.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  11:56

Yep Yep.

Susan Lambert Hatem  11:57

And then we'll map people's faces on to you.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  12:00

Yeah, they they do check, you know, to see with Production, you know, you know, First Unit, the First Unit Director, to see if he's liking what's going on. And they have, not so much dailies anymore like they used to. You know, where you'd, you go into the screening room, and you'd see the dailies in the screening room or the screening trailer. Now it's, everything's pretty much instant with all of the new technology and everything. So they can, in fact, one show that I worked on not that long ago, they had the Director in England, and I was in Chicago.

Sharon Johnson  12:39


Susan Lambert Hatem  12:40

Was that The Batman?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  12:42

Mhmm. They were directing. Yeah.

Susan Lambert Hatem  12:44


Debbie Evans Leavitt  12:44

So that's kind of cool.

Sharon Johnson  12:46

The first time you found yourself with the dots on your face, doing doing your stunts, and then saw the finished product, what was that like? Did you, how did you feel? Or how did how did that seem when you when you got to see the finished product?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  13:01

Um, you mean with the dots on the face? The face removal and stuff?

Sharon Johnson  13:04

Right, so they, you've done it and they've ripped, now replaced your face with somebody else.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  13:09

Yeah, a lot of times, they don't even bother because they can't see very well inside the car. And so there's a lot of times where I've seen me, I'm going, Aha. That's me. (Guffaw) But every once in a while they will use it ,if it's like a closer shot that they really wana make sure that it looks like the the act, actress is driving. So yeah, it's kind of weird. (Laughs)

Sharon Johnson  13:35

I would imagine. (Laughs)

Debbie Evans Leavitt  13:36

Yeah. But a lot of times, I'll see just, they'll, they'll slightly blur the windshield.

Susan Lambert Hatem  13:42

Oh, yeah.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  13:43

And sometimes sometimes they tint the windshield, and the side windows when there's doubles inside.

Sharon Johnson  13:49


Debbie Evans Leavitt  13:50

And most people don't even notice it.

Sharon Johnson  13:52

Well it goes by so fast. It's it's, you know?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  13:55

Yeah, exactly. It's fast...

Sharon Johnson  13:56

(Laughs) Fast and Furious.

Susan Lambert Hatem  13:56

... and it's and it's also like, you know. It's the way movies work because the percept, you like you just perceive that someone's in the same place that you just saw them so you assume they're in the car.

Susan Lambert Hatem  14:05

You just saw them driving. Editing!

Sharon Johnson  14:05


Debbie Evans Leavitt  14:08

That's correct.

Susan Lambert Hatem  14:09

The magic of editing. I was just gonna say, stunts have gotten so sophisticated. And now there's all this like pre...

Debbie Evans Leavitt  14:17


Susan Lambert Hatem  14:18

Pre-Vis, and also just literally, they're walking around with their iPhone, filming the whole scene during rehearsal. You can like film these rehearsals and they're very elaborate. They're adding in like, you know, not the final Effects. But you can add in Visual Effects very easily now, the rough ones.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  14:33


Susan Lambert Hatem  14:33

And so you you can really pre-visualize so many aspects of the stunts that I think it allows stunts to get more and more and more sophisticated.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  14:43

Yeah um.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  14:45

I, I personally feel like there's too much CGI, computer generated images. Um, because a lot of times you lose the people, you lose the human element and you don't know what's real. And or, you know what's real people and what's not. So, I remember I worked on Superman. Was it Superman Returns with uh, Mr. Freeze? I, I doubled Alicia Silverstone. And when I went to see the movie, there was so much CGI in there. I really didn't even care about the characters.

Susan Lambert Hatem  14:45

Or not.

Susan Lambert Hatem  15:22

Well, we were saying that in the 80s Television and 80s Movies, locations and car stunts were how you showed that you were spending money on your, your, you know, your show. And impressing your audience.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  15:34

Well, you know um, Remington Steele was really fun because I did, I did a lot of things. And I did car stuff on it. Yes. But I doubled Stephanie doing pretty much everything.

Susan Lambert Hatem  15:49

And so what years did you work on the show?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  15:51

I think I came in on the end of the second or the third, started the Third Season. Yeah, so um, they had so many amazing, crazy stunts. And it made it so interesting. I remember jumping out of a burning building with a guy. And we were hitting the same airbag. (Guffaw)

Susan Lambert Hatem  15:51

Oh my god.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  15:53

I grabbed his belt, and tried to hold myself in. He jumps quicker than I did, you know, and and he started to fall faster than me. So I just pulled myself in with the belt. And then we just rolled off to the side and landed in the airbag. And another time, I was um, in a wedding dress on rollerskates.  And I don't think I was, I was doubling somebody else at that particular time. But anyway...

Susan Lambert Hatem  16:44

Now I want to know. We've watched all those episodes and I'm like.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  16:46

I'm skating in Downtown LA. This is the same Episode, I think, that we jumped out of the building. But um, skating down some of the streets in downtown LA and then down underneath Sixth Street Bridge?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  17:02

Um, down into the wash. And they built a ramp for me so that when I hit the ramp, I could disappear. They put some pads down at the bottom. So I just kind of jumped and then disappeared. And they didn't see me. And so then the next time they saw me, I was on a little Kawasaki 80 motorcycle with the wedding dress and the skates on, riding the motorcycle in the center of the canal where all the water is. (Chuckles)

Susan Lambert Hatem  17:04

Uh huh.

Susan Lambert Hatem  17:32

That is fantastic. I'm gonna go find that Episode.

Sharon Johnson  17:35


Debbie Evans Leavitt  17:35

It's like, who thinks of stuff like that? And it just was so much fun!

Susan Lambert Hatem  17:39

It it was a very, it it, a lot of stunts, and a lot where it really did look like they were, and you know, we talked with Stephanie, but that she was doing some of the less super dangerous stuff.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  17:50

Yes, Stephanie is very athletic, and very gifted physically! She's, she's good. And so I would rehearse a lot of things. And then, you know, clue her into things that maybe, you know, she should look out for whatever and, but she would do a lot of it. You know, I did quite a bit too. But you know, she was good. In fact, there were certain times when I had to run for her, which she didn't like at all. She was really upset when that would happen. (Chuckles) So, but, you know, because she likes her performance. And I had to learn how to move like Stephanie, because she's into Theater, and she's grown up that way, and a dancer and all that. And so I had to learn to point my toes out like this. And and um, when I'd run around the corner, I had to mimick her. And so that's part of the art of doing stunts as well, you have to watch your actor or actress, and just try and make it as seamless as possible. And so when she would run around the corner, she would throw her arms out like this. So so I had to throw my arms out like that, and run around the corner. It was awesome.

Susan Lambert Hatem  19:03

That is so awesome. Because it's it's, you are performing as that actor and that feels like a different skill on top of doing the stunt.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  19:11

Yes, you know, acting and stunts go hand in hand. If you don't do the acting, the stunt looks stupid. You know, not all the time, but most of the time. There's some people that are so good, you know, as far as physical doubles to their actors that their actor takes them everywhere they go.

Susan Lambert Hatem  19:30

How did you end up being called up for Remington Steele? Do you remember?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  19:33

Um, I just got a call from Ernie Orsatti, who was the Stunt Coordinator and he said, I think you'd make a good double for Stephanie. So can you come down and you know, meet me and I'll get a look and see. And so I think the first thing I did was, I had to run across the top of the, like a staircase. And then the stairs were going down, and I had to throw myself over the rail halfway down and hit like a bench at the bottom. And I did it perfectly and, and I just kept working from there.

Susan Lambert Hatem  20:13

That's amazing. And you were, so you were doing all of her physical stunts as well as the driving stunts for her?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  20:18

That's correct. Yeah. The only thing I didn't do was, there was a show that was Circus. And I don't do Circus stuff. So I didn't do that. One, one funny story is, Stephanie's wardrobe was an A-Line skirt. You know, really tight around the knees. And so I come running in. I have to run upstairs. So I come running, do do my turn. (Laughing) And then...

Susan Lambert Hatem  20:30

Stephanie turn?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  20:36

Yeah. And then I go for the first step, and it pulls my other leg out from underneath me. And I just did a flat back right on the ground. (Guffaw)

Susan Lambert Hatem  20:59

Oh wow.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  21:00

And I was laying there laughing going, hah. This is crazy!

Susan Lambert Hatem  21:05

So it wasn't so hard to run in the high heels. It was hard to run in the skirt!

Debbie Evans Leavitt  21:08

Yeah! Well, you know, think about it. Your legs are like this, the skirts around your knees. And all you can do is this. (mimicking little tiny steps). skitttle, skittle. (Laughs)

Sharon Johnson  21:18


Debbie Evans Leavitt  21:18

Yeah. And then then when I went like that, (guffaw) it just went bewwwm!

Susan Lambert Hatem  21:23

Oh my god.

Sharon Johnson  21:24

So what was your process for, you were mentioning about learning how you know, Stephanie ran and all that, was it through watching her previous episodes on tape or watching her on the set that she was, that she was working? Or some combination of the two?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  21:36

Watching on set. A lot of what we do is, we stand there and watch our actress move. And we didn't even have play-back, back then. You know? So it was all about, did you get it? Did you get the shot? To the to the camera operator. Yeah, I got it. Or maybe we need another one. (Chuckles) Not sure. Yeah. So things are very different now, because you can just watch play-back. Ernie Orsatti actually used me on a lot of different shows. And he was running a lot of different shows. And so he actually taught me how to stunt coordinate as well. So I would read the script, break it down, budget, and all with his supervision and everything. And then help coordinate different sequences and things like that. So it was really a good experience. But I have, at that time I had just one son, and a husband. And so I realized how time intensive that all is, because you're on call 24/7. And if it rains and you have everything planned for outside the next day, you have to cancel everybody, and then go to cover set and hire a whole new group of people for the fight or whatever. You know, so it's, your life is not your own. And I like going home and actually being able to be present with my family. So I did a little bit of it for a while. And then I realized that that just wasn't what I wanted to be doing. And plus I, I enjoy performing so much more.

Susan Lambert Hatem  22:17

Well and you're clearly so good at it. Right? Like it's one of those things, you know, you love to move up. But sometimes you want to keep your hands in, keep your...

Debbie Evans Leavitt  23:21


Susan Lambert Hatem  23:23

... your knees in the game.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  23:30

I see a lot of coordinators, they'll go and work for other people when they're not work, working coordinating, but I miss it. If I'm not doing it. I miss it.

Susan Lambert Hatem  23:39

Yeah, you seem very ready. So we, I got to see the the stunt woman documentary.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  23:43

Oh. Okay.

Susan Lambert Hatem  23:44

You just seem like you show up on a motorcycle (Guffaw) everywhere you go. And that you're just, it's nothing. It's like walking for you to get on a motorcycle and and do anything on that.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  23:54

Yeah, it's funny. I was teaching someone how to ride on a show and so I was, there were a bunch of other stunt guys around. And I get on the bike and warm it up so it wasn't, you know just bogging when she got on it and all that. And uh, so I'm, I get on and I'm doing this and that. Wheeling (Laughs) and sliding. And and somebody came over to me and goes, I just love watching you ride! You have the biggest smile in the whole world and you just so, are so natural on it. I said well, it's part of me. You know? I've been writing since I was six years old.

Susan Lambert Hatem  24:36

Alright, so let's go back. I want to take you back in time. You're a kid growing up in Lakewood, California. Your dad is a motorcycle trial rider. And you want to ride motorcycles.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  24:46

He actually taught me when I was six. And he had a little mini bike with a Suzuki 100 engine in it. So it was like this little tiny tiny frame with a pretty big engine for something like that. And, you know, I was only six years old and we didn't have helmets and stuff like that. Well, he was riding around an area where they were building a freeway entrance. And so there was a big pile of cement and rebar. So when he put me on, the first thing I did was go crash right into it. (Laughs) And I was crying, and he's, he got me up, dusted me off and said, Get on again. Because if you don't, you'll never, you'll never ever do it again. And so I did, I was crying. But then in like, he said, five minutes, I just had an ear to ear grin and I was having a blast.

Susan Lambert Hatem  25:43

Oh, my God. And so your family was all into motorcycles? Or just your dad? Like, how was your mom? Like, yeah, go, go crash into that rebar.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  25:51

No, my mom didn't know what he was doing. (Laughs)

Debbie Evans Leavitt  25:56

And if she had, she would have been very upset. So uh, but then we started going camping and riding. He got a regular motorcycle. And you know, we all got motorcycles. And my mom rode, I think to please my dad. I don't think she really loved it. But she liked going camping and talking to her friends and playing cards and, and I just rode from the time we got there till the time we had to go to bed. I was on the motorcycle the entire time. They'd have to grab me and make me have lunch. (Chuckles)

Sharon Johnson  25:56


Sharon Johnson  26:26


Susan Lambert Hatem  26:29

And so when did you start competing? And can you tell us a little bit again, for those of us that don't know anything about anything like what it is to be a trial motorcycle rider.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  26:43

Okay, I started competing when I was nine in trials, and trials is a motorcycle event where you lose points for putting your feet down. So you go over obstacles. You don't really go fast. But you know, if you go too slow, it doesn't work either. So there's tight turns, and there's ravines, and rocks, and logs that you go over. And as you progress, the obstacles get bigger and bigger. So um, I used to ride but I didn't compete till I was nine. So he got me a - oh, this is a great story. Um, Christmas came, and he had this little box underneath this Christmas tree. It was about that big, you know, kind of square, and I opened it and it was a shift lever. And I went, "I got a motorcycle!" So, he took me out to the garage, and he had gone to the junkyard and bought a Honda 55 step through that was all in pieces, and somebody had spray painted everything blue, including the cases, and the rims, and everything. So we spent months and months rebuilding this thing in the garage. And I remember being on that wire wheel with my goggles, just, you know, getting all that paint off of everything. It seemed like an eternity. But, um, I got the motorcycle when I was eight but we finished it when I was nine. So the little red Honda step through. Back then they didn't have all the little motorcycles for kids. So he figured that I would be able to step through and then jump up to the seat.

Susan Lambert Hatem  28:33

It was way big for you.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  28:34

Yeah, well, at least it had the you know, cut out so I could at least touch the ground. You know, when I jumped down?

Susan Lambert Hatem  28:44

That is fantastic. And then you start competing. And there's a great picture I found online of you as a kid. You're on the motorcycle, and sort of behind you are these women that look like 1950s housewives. Did you know that the picture that I'm talking about? I'm gonna go find- I'm gonna go find it. See if we can find it.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  29:08

The one where I have a little half helmet and my tongue was sticking out?

Susan Lambert Hatem  29:12

Maybe, maybe, yeah. That's a familiar pose for a lot of the early shots of you. You're really concentrated.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  29:19

Oh, yeah, I've concentrated a lot and it was funny because people used to tell me "you're gonna bite your tongue off." And I went, "haven't done it yet!" Yeah, that was in my first time in cycle news, I was 11 years old. And I was doing a trials turn and they took a picture of me and put it in there. But we rode trials for a while and we'd go camping and riding about every other weekend. Not summertime, of course, because it was too hot. And then we'd waterski in the summertime. And then my dad got interested in desert enduros. And so he got a factory ride with Osa and then Montesa. So he rode for OSA for several years. And then he rode for Montesa. I started riding enduros with him and doing really well, but enduros you have to timekeep. So you go really fast. And then you have to figure out so that you come in to each check right on the minute. And I hated that part because I love the going as fast as you can, but when we would get to the part where we had to timekee[ and he'd slow it down, do the 28 mile an hour average, I would be like going up on the sides of the hills. "Get over here, you're gonna run out of gas". But I, I would have liked desert racing, I think but you know, you do what your family does? Yeah.

Susan Lambert Hatem  30:54

So in your teens, you end up- you're like one of the best motorcycle riders in the world.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  31:00

Yeah, well, when- I always loved trials because trials, you could pick an obstacle that you couldn't do, and just try it over and over and over again until you finally got it. And you didn't need to race against anybody. It was just a personal goal, the goals that you would set. And so I work and work and work until I get it and then I get it once and then you know, I wouldn't be able to do it, then maybe three more times I get it. And then pretty soon, I'm doing it all the time! So I really enjoyed trial, so I begged my dad to go back and I did really well. And so Yamaha gave me a factory sponsored ride at age 15.

Susan Lambert Hatem  31:42


Debbie Evans Leavitt  31:42

And then I met my husband when I was in high school, they sent me- I was sent up to a trial school in Northern California.  And they wanted me to teach the following year that I would I would be out of high school then. And so I was stuck in the amateur class, which was just before the top class, which was expert. And um, so I learned what I was doing wrong from him, because he was he was three time national champion, and rode for a company called Bultaco, a Spanish company. And so, I came back from the the one school just to try it out and I immediately like in three, I think it was two rides, I transferred to expert. So I was the first woman expert in the entire country. So then we went up and taught the school and then we went and rode nationals after I got out of high school and stuff. And we went all over the country and I was 27th in the nation. But against all guys.

Susan Lambert Hatem  32:53

I was gonna say, were there other women competing?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  32:57


Susan Lambert Hatem  32:58


Debbie Evans Leavitt  32:59

There was one that they put up in Michigan because they were jealous, you know? And they're going, "well, we have a girl too." And she didn't make it past the first lap, I don't think.

Susan Lambert Hatem  33:13

So you're the only woman and you're like 27th in the States.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  33:18

Mhm. Yep.

Susan Lambert Hatem  33:19

And, and did you?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  33:21

In the top class? Yeah.

Susan Lambert Hatem  33:22

Top class. Did, like, were you accepted? Was it you know, clearly your soon-to-be husband or going-to-someday-be husband was helpful and accepted you and said, "You're awesome."

Debbie Evans Leavitt  33:35

Yeah, I, I was I was pretty much accepted. And when I wasn't, I just would try and prove them wrong. And not- not be a jerk about it, you know? And, and so that seemed to work for me. I grew up playing with boys, because they played all the fun stuff, you know, running, jumping, climbing, falling, fighting. And so, to me, it wasn't hard for me. Most of the time, every once in a while there will be something but it really wasn't hard. And people accepted me.

Susan Lambert Hatem  34:13

Because you loved it. Like it was clearly something that you, you know, you talk about that persistence of I didn't get it. And then one time I get it, and then I wouldn't get it again. And like that's that's the persistence of success, right? You just keep working?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  34:28

That's correct.

Susan Lambert Hatem  34:29

Until you get it.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  34:31

Right. I have an example of that my dad learned to ride a unicycle and it took them a long time. And so when I was 11, I really wanted a unicycle for Christmas. And he said, "No, you're not- it's going to take you forever, you're not going to be able to do it. No, no, no." And I begged him and begged him and begged him so I got the unicycle, and the next day he had to go to work. And, you know, I, I was out there at six o'clock in the morning on the unicycle- on the grass because I didn't want to wreck the seat- I didn't want it to get all torn up. And we had an eave that came down from the roof, and I'd hang on to that. And then I get half a pedal and then, you know, three quarters of a pedal and then back to a half. And I just kept trying and trying and trying. So when he came home from work, I was riding down the street to meet him. He couldn't believe it.

Susan Lambert Hatem  35:31

Yeah, see dad?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  35:32


Susan Lambert Hatem  35:34

Oh, my gosh, so I was also reading about the Scottish six day trial.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  35:38


Susan Lambert Hatem  35:39

I had to educate myself on the motorcycle trial world, at least a little bit, because I didn't know about it. Can you tell us a little bit about the Scottish Six Day Trial and in 1978, you're 19 years old and you go to compete in it.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  35:52

Yeah. Well, I was actually 20. Okay. My husband likes to fudge a little bit on.. (Laughs) He's the writer.

Susan Lambert Hatem  36:02

He's making you sound real good. Okay. 20. You're the old age of 20.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  36:07

Yeah, yeah, I was at the old age of 20 and went over there by myself. Actually, it was funny because a friend of ours that was into promoting and all that kind of stuff, we were talking and he goes, "Have you ever thought of writing the Scottish Six Days?" And I'd always, like, secretly dreamed about doing it.

Susan Lambert Hatem  36:27

And what is the Scottish six days?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  36:29

It's a six days motorcycle trials. And it's not the six days enduro event. It's the six days trials event.

Susan Lambert Hatem  36:38

It was doing the obstacles?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  36:40

Yeah, well, it's it's a lot of creek beds and rocks, and very long loops, like 80 miles a day, sometimes 100 miles. I didn't know how I was going to make it happen. And he said, "Well, I think you should go, you should talk to Yamaha. And I will talk to somebody I know in England who can maybe sponsor you and and put you up." And then he put something in cycle news, which is a weekly paper for motorcycle riding, that I was going to go to the Scottish Six Days, and I needed help paying for things. And so people started giving me donations. And that was the coolest thing ever, I just never ever thought that they would support me like that! And so it was really, really rewarding. And when I did go over there, I went over there by myself. Of course, we didn't have wheels on suitcases then. And so I'm dragging this suitcase full of motorcycle parts. (Laughs) And my handlebars in one hand, and a tire in the other! I stayed in London three days by myself because I figured "Heck, if I'm going to England, I'm going to go see something." So I got myself a BritRail pass and, and I was like a little mole. I go in the underground and then pop up and go look around, see what was there. And then I get back down because I never ever been on a subway or two before, you know, I took a train up to haul where my sponsor was. We went to pick up some leathers for me, some riding gear. And there were two older Brit guys that were kind of overweight. And they stood there and they looked at me and they looked me up and down, which was not- not comfortable at all. And then they started betting on which day I would quit. "I'll bet you two quid, she'll quit by Monday, or Tuesday.",  "I'll give you two quid she'll quit on Wednesday." You know, it's like, I could feel the steam coming out of my ears, but I just bit my lip (Laughs) and didn't say a word. And you know what those two guys, they came to me midway through the- the event and apologized.

Susan Lambert Hatem  39:09


Debbie Evans Leavitt  39:10

And then there was also a journalist that went off on: "Oh, there's this young lady coming from California. And that's another brand of American ballyhoo."

Susan Lambert Hatem  39:22


Debbie Evans Leavitt  39:23

(Laughs) So he actually put a retraction in the paper and said how well I did and how he was so wrong.

Sharon Johnson  39:35

Were there many other women in the trial that year other than you or were you were you the only one?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  39:39

I was the only one.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  39:40

And there hadn't been a woman in that trial for a while and it had gotten really hard. So I'm sure they thought that a woman couldn't do it. There were 280 entries. I'm not sure all 280 were there. But I was 109th overall, and I was fourth in the one under 200 class. So I was on a 175, which is a very underpowered bike for that. But it was more nimble and easier for me to push around. And, you know, if you have to put your feet down and push really hard, it was much easier for me to maneuver and had more ground clearance. So the ground clearance is for when you're going over rocks and logs, you're not scraping on everything. So that's why I chose that bike.

Sharon Johnson  39:40

Oh, wow.

Susan Lambert Hatem  40:27

Wow. All right. So how did you end up working in the movies and television?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  40:31

I started working in the movies- It was funny because I was signed up for my second year of junior college, and I went and rode the Nationals all summer. And before I went to ride the Nationals, I saw this TV show and it was clearly a guy on a motorcycle that was supposed to be a girl. His neck was this wide and his shoulders were this wide. And he was doing a doughnut on on a dirt bike and I'm going: "I could do that, why did you use a guy to do that? And so I started asking around how to get in. But back then you had to either have a Screen Actors Guild card to get in, or you had to know somebody who could get you a Screen Actors Guild card and I didn't have either. So I went and road the Nationals and started my second year of junior college and all of a sudden the phone rang. And this stunt coordinator, Jean Hartline, who was a flat track racer, he was friends with my dad sponsor because my dad was writing for Montesa at the time. And the two of them had raced together and, and so he said, "I really need this girl who can do all this riding, and jump a ravine and do this stuff. And just just nobody that's that good in the business right now." And he he goes, "We'll just call Debbie!" And so the phone rang, and I went and tried out. And they liked what I did. These were old bikes with a lot of heavy metal stuff on the front, and the back, so they were difficult to ride. But I didn't have any trouble. And so I started working on the show, and I was a perfect double for the girl. It was cool, because it was kind of like stunt school for me. Because it was maybe a week here, a week there, couple days here. And that went from September all the way to February, with you know, a few days here a few days there. So I actually and there were a lot of really good stuntpeople on the show. So I got to ask questions. And the more I worked, the more I had more questions. And- and then when they saw that I really was loving it and taking it seriously, they all wanted to help me, which was great. It was a lot of fun.

Susan Lambert Hatem  42:52

Was it a movie or television show?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  42:54

Yeah, it was a movie called Deathsport. Had David Carradine and Claudia Jennings, it was a Roger Corman picture.

Susan Lambert Hatem  43:01


Debbie Evans Leavitt  43:02

Yeah. B for bad. (Laughs)

Susan Lambert Hatem  43:06

But great stunts!

Debbie Evans Leavitt  43:08

Oh yeah, and then, um I was always the biggest tomboy, I loved anything. I was in every sport I could get my hands on. I was like I said climbing, jumping, surfing, snow skiing, just whatever, I loved it and anything active I said I wanted to do that too. And so one day, they handed me a plexiglass broadsword. And they wanted me to jump off this embankment and swing it at this motorcycle guy that was riding by "Just don't- just make sure you're short so you don't hit him with it. Just make it look like you're gonna you're hitting him." And so I just couldn't believe my good fortune and, and I said to him "you're gonna pay me to play?" Because at a certain point in my growing up, my mom took me aside and said, "Okay, now it's time to be a young lady and you can- don't do that stuff anymore. You need to quit that!" And so I just couldn't believe it. It's like, that's what I love doing is learning all these different things and all. I don't even think I withdrew from my second year of college classes. I just, I just totally went, "Hey, this is what I've been training for my whole life and didn't know it!"

Sharon Johnson  44:34

And just never went back.

Susan Lambert Hatem  44:35

Yeah, you never went back. You're just in you're like-

Debbie Evans Leavitt  44:37

No, no.

Susan Lambert Hatem  44:38

And so you start working and you worked on so many cool shows in the 70s and 80s! Like, you know, Charlie's Angels, Cagney & Lacey, CHiPs, which- so were you were on CHiPs for a long time, were you doubling Randi Oakes?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  44:54

I did double Randi Oakes but most of the time it was just random things. You know, driving. That's where I did my first car turnover. Oh, I know first year, um, after my first year in stunts, I got asked to be in the CBS stunt competition against nine of the top guys in Hollywood.

Susan Lambert Hatem  45:14

And you were the only woman.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  45:16

I was the only woman. And it was out in the sand dunes. And there was a car race, a motorcycle race, and a horse race. And each had elements of stunts in it. So I won the car race-

Susan Lambert Hatem  45:29

Just won the car race?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  45:30


Susan Lambert Hatem  45:31

Against top guys?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  45:33

Yeah, like Buddy Joe Hooker and Billy Burton, who were like the top of the top and Gary McClarty- all the big names. And, you know, I'm just going out there having fun. (Laughs) And, and then I would have won the motorcycle race, except we, we didn't get the bike warm enough. And we sat there for a long, long time. So when I, when I went off the line, it was sputtering, the rest of the guys got there it was really hot. And so I got caught up with somebody who fell down, my front wheel got stuck between their wheel and fender and I finally got free and tried to run and jump on it in the sand. And I missed the first time and then I just ran alongside and jumped again, got on. And there was a little river crossing. When I was crossing the creek here, the guy that won was jumping for the win. So in in those few laps, I was able to almost catch him.

Susan Lambert Hatem  46:33


Debbie Evans Leavitt  46:34

And then the horse race, I had the shortest running horse and the tallest falling horse. So it was a running race to where we had to dismount the horse and then run to our other horse and jump up on that horse. Falling a horse is where you, you grab down, you know high, um, near the horse's mouth on the rein. You have a step, and then you pull back as hard as you can, and-and then the horse falls. But they're trained to do that. And it was in the sand. So I was second place in the horse race coming around. I found out that they were giving their horses some tranquilizers to make their falling horses. Yeah. To make them fall easier. Mine had never been in any kind of situation, it had just been newly trained. (Laughs) And so I fell this big 'ol horse and I ended up being sixth by the time he finally hit the ground. I just remember this horse eye looking at me like and I'm just going in slow motion.

Susan Lambert Hatem  47:43

All the way down.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  47:44


Susan Lambert Hatem  47:45

Oh my gosh. And so in that case, where are these guys happy that you beat them on their-

Debbie Evans Leavitt  47:51


Sharon Johnson  47:51


Susan Lambert Hatem  47:51

On their car race thing?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  47:53

No, but a lot of the other guys were happy. (Laughs) Put 'em in their place.

Susan Lambert Hatem  47:59

Oh, that's funny. Yeah.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  48:00

So yeah, so I got a lot of calls after that. So you know, not only did I have an excellent teaching in that one show that I worked on, over that period of time. I saw them do fire, burns, and high falls, and fights and all kinds of cool stuff. So, you know, I then got asked to be in the CBS stunt competition and did what I did. And it just launched my career like crazy. So I started getting calls for all kinds of things: falling down stairs, getting hit by cars, all kinds of stuff.

Susan Lambert Hatem  48:37

Yeah, I was gonna say so you do high falls, and you're doing all this stuff, like, but you're- you have to do them for the first time at some point, like, how do you approach that you're young, and you're like, "Okay, I guess I'm gonna do this now."

Debbie Evans Leavitt  48:50

Yeah, you train. You- you find people that are training as well. And you go out and you train. And then also back then if someone saw that you had promise, they would take you under their wing, and help you learn the trade. And I was fortunate enough, I think, after this stunt competition, or right before this stunt competition, Jeannie Epper, who is a famous woman, comes from a famous stunt family. Her family basically took me in as far as helping me and Jeannie just told me the ropes, you know, because as women, we-we have different things that happen and different situations that we have to deal with. And so she taught me a lot about what to do and what not to do. And then also proper set protocol, you know, chain of command: you just don't walk up to the director and tell him what you think you should be doing. You go through your stunt coordinator and communication is really important because if if you don't have good communication, somebody's likely to get hurt. So if you run around Figuring out what you're gonna do. But you don't relay that to anybody or you don't ask if that's okay. It can create huge problems with safety. So she taught me all that and I just love being around them. Because they just were stunt all the way.

Susan Lambert Hatem  50:19

The whole family.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  50:20

Yes, yeah, the whole family!

Sharon Johnson  50:22

What a gift though, for them to take you under their wing and show you the ropes and teach you how things, how things work. That's really- that's really awesome.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  50:30

Yeah, I call her my stunt mom. And, and, you know, she, she can't do stunts anymore and she's sad about it, because it was her whole life. So one day, somebody got a part for her where she could sit in a chair and be a hostage. So I picked her up, it's at six o'clock in the morning, pouring rain, took her over to the studio, and, you know, just held on to her arm because she had some bad medical problems. And so it's difficult, you know, for her to just get around on her own and stuff like that. And so, at the- at the beginning of the day, she seemed like an old woman, you know, that was, you know, not feeling good about herself and everything. And, and as the day started going on, she started coming to life again, it was just the most awesome thing. And she was messing with the coordinator, the coordinator was teasing her something. And so I had one arm because it was dark on the stage. And so I didn't want her to fall. So I just have one arm like just this just in case and, and so she tried to kick him! (Laughs) Tried to karate kick, and I'm going "Okay, Jeannie, you're feeling your oats, need to back down a bit!" But, you know, she did so much for me and, you know, she's my stunt mom.

Susan Lambert Hatem  52:06

As a person who like, "I love to ride a horse or two, but come on," I'm afraid of pain.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  52:13


Susan Lambert Hatem  52:13

Um, so there's a- there's a real- you guys get hurt, a lot.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  52:20

Yeah, we get dinged a lot. Yeah.

Susan Lambert Hatem  52:23

And like, what is, like so a young person saying, "I'm gonna, I want to be a stuntperson." But how do you manage that part of it? The I might get hurt, I might get injured severely, I might be dead.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  52:36

I don't think about that.

Susan Lambert Hatem  52:37

Oh, sorry. Should I not have brought it up?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  52:39

No, it's okay. It's alright. It doesn't bother me. Because, um, I- It's funny, because I was driving my kids home from school one day, in the Pathfinder, and I'm going I wouldn't even think about sliding this car around the corner right now. But if I was at work, and they handed me the same car, I would make it work. You know? And, and uh it's just like, you flick this switch. And it's, it's kind of like a puzzle too. I've always loved puzzles. Is that when you go to work, you're presented with something that you need to do, and you have to figure out how you can do it and how you can do it safely. So it's like, the elements come together and especially when you have experience, it's experience after experience after experience, builds on itself. So you know, and you, I don't know, I think what I like to say is that I train my brain to do it. So I know what the action is supposed to be. And I'll go through the motions walking it through or, you know, if it's a fight, you go through the motions, but then I'll shut my eyes. And I'll try and visualize it. If there's a glitch in the fluid motion, of me visualizing it, I know that there's something that's not right, and I need to go back and go over it again. So um, there's been times where stunt coordinators have so much faith in me in certain things that they go, "Oh, we want you to come down this bridge and slide in the spot" and I've got like, this much room on one end and this much room on the back end. And I say "You want me to do that without hitting anything?" And and I said "You're joking, right?"-  "No, you can do it!" Oh, god, oh, God, they have so much faith in me. I wish they didn't have so much faith in me. And so, so I go back there and come in (car sound) right in there. And I'm just going okay, how did I do that? It's just funny, you know, because as hard as things look, we break them down and we try to make them as safe as possible. One time, I had to jump a car from a dock to a ferry boat with about 50 feet of water in between. And then there were cars on the, on the flat deck of the ferry boat that I was supposed to crash into, and then ones that I wasn't supposed to crash into. And when you've got a ferry boat, it's not staying still, it's doing this. And when we first looked at it, they wanted, you know, they didn't have a cage in the car, a roll cage. And so I told them, "You know, I really want a roll cage because if for some reason it sputters on the ramp, and then it ends up hitting the back of the boat like this. I'm going in the water and I don't want it to crash in on me." And so they did the roll cage and I had a tank, scuba tank with the, you know, regulator in the car with me and everything. And when I hit it, I hit it just perfect. And it landed, but the boat had moved a little bit. So I was going right toward the back of a van I wasn't supposed to hit. So as soon as my wheels hit the ground, I turned and got around and then hit the cars I was supposed to! And that's just all from like a racing background as you learn to react to things at speed. And that's why motorcycle riding is such good training for car driving.

Susan Lambert Hatem  56:39

So let's travel back to the 80s again and I just want to talk about because actually one of my- weirdly, one of my favorite shows even though it's not an 80s TV lady show Hardcastle and McCormick. You were on Hardcastle and McCormick for a lot of years and so I have questions.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  56:55

Okay! (Laughs)

Susan Lambert Hatem  56:57

You were doing cars on Hardcastle and McCormick, I assume.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  57:00

Cars and other stunts.

Susan Lambert Hatem  57:02

Cars and other stunts.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  57:02

Yeah, I drive- I drove the Coyote once.

Susan Lambert Hatem  57:04

You drove the Coyote!

Debbie Evans Leavitt  57:05

Yeah, uh-huh.

Sharon Johnson  57:06

And for those who haven't seen it, which, which character drove the Coyote or did they both drive it or-

Susan Lambert Hatem  57:11

Daniel Hugh Kelly drove the you know, Mark McCormick, drove the Coyote X. And so what was that like?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  57:19

Yeah, it was really difficult, you know, because it was set up for the guy who normally drives it, who was a motorcycle champion, and also an off-road champion. So, and he had turn- steering brakes and all kinds of different things in there that I'd never ever seen before. So, so it was difficult to drive, but somehow I did it. But um, yeah, I was on that show quite a bit. I can't remember all the things I did, but it was a lot of fun.

Susan Lambert Hatem  57:50

Was it a fun show to be on?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  57:52

Oh, yeah.

Susan Lambert Hatem  57:53


Debbie Evans Leavitt  57:53

Yeah, it was a great show.

Susan Lambert Hatem  57:54


Debbie Evans Leavitt  57:55

Yeah. I did Hunter.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  57:57

I doubled Stepfanie Kramer. Now I did her driving stuff because she was taller than me. So my friend Tracy Dashnaw did all of the other doubling for her, but I did the car work. I got to do a really cool turnover on Hunter, where I hit the ramp at 65 miles an hour. All these years, I thought it was 55 miles an hour. But my sister led me in, my sister's a stuntwoman as well, but she led me in. And I was telling her- I was talking to her about it the other day. And she goes, "Oh, no, that that wasn't 55 miles an hour that was 65 miles an hour." So here's, yeah, that was a fast turnover. And then there was a big explosion on the back of the car that I hit, and it just flew, and there were things flying off of it, and it was just a really cool shot. But back then, you know, we didn't- we had roll cages, but we didn't have all the really cool things that we have now.

Susan Lambert Hatem  57:57

To protect you. So you just are gonna hit hard. Like you're, you're rolling that car, you're inside a car that is going 65 miles an hour, you flip it up in the air and flip it upside down and it's going to land really hard and roll. That's the whole point of this, right?

Susan Lambert Hatem  57:57

You did Hunter.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  59:17

Uh huh. Yeah. The hard part was that back in the old days, they didn't have the fuel cells that they have the racing fuel cells. So we had this, like, little aluminum can that we used to fill up with fuel, and it was like two gallons. So we filled that up, I was ready to do it. I was all tightened in and when when you turn over a car, they pull you down as tight as you can. And you just can't even hardly breathe because it's so tight because you don't want any slack at all right?

Susan Lambert Hatem  59:51

You don't want to bounce around.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  59:52

Yeah, and so, you know, then it's rolling- back then five cameras was a lot. Well, we had to wait for the first few unit director. He thought he wanted to come watch it, but then he decided no, he didn't need to be there. And so I was sitting there running the whole time. Finally, five cameras, roll, roll, roll, everything's going. And then they go action! And I take off and was almost three-quarters of the way to the ramp the car straight on. Bop, bop, bop, bop. And I just pulled off and stopped. And all that adrenaline, all that build up you know, it's just like, ahh... So I had to get out of everything. You know, take some breaths, and you had to fill it up and reset and all that stuff. And-

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:00:46

Oh my, you got to do it again.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:00:48

Yeah, well, I didn't do it the first time but-

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:00:51


Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:00:52

I was getting all ready. And that's what people don't understand is you have to be able to control that adrenaline rush. You know, because some people can't- can't perform with the adrenaline. But what I hate is when they asked me to sign out, they asked me to sign out right after I've done this stunt. And my hands go up. (Laughing) Because the adrenaline's pumping so much.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:01:18

I'm really curious about that moment between takeoff and landing on one of those stunts. How long does that moment last for you? And are you just still thinking about this has to happen next, that has to happen next, here's what I'm going to do.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:01:32

Yeah. When when they say rolling, and, you know, when they get into rolling, my focus goes from out here, you know, to like, tunnel vision. And I don't think I hear much, or it's no distractions, because it's so much focus. And action, and then- then I'm going through the motions, just doing what I need to do. I'm not thinking, not thinking about things. I've already rehearsed it in my head, I know what's supposed to happen. And it just takes over. And I'm focused on what I'm doing, and I'm gonna do what I'm gonna do what I need to do.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:02:13

That's just amazing. All right, so we're going to take a little break, and come back and a few more questions. I'm so excited, but we are going to take a little break. We'll be right back.

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Susan Lambert Hatem  1:02:26

Alright, so we're back!

Melissa Roth  1:02:28

So Ernie was the stunt coordinator on Remington Steele?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:02:31


Susan Lambert Hatem  1:02:32

And you went and did the shows all over the world?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:02:35

Yeah, we went to Ireland, France and Malta. And then another time we went to Mexico and Villahermosa and Palenque, uh Agua Azul, which is right on the Guatemalan border. There were monkeys in the trees and everything they flew us in in a helicopter. I've even forgotten a lot of the stuff that I did. One of the first things I did was jump out of a moving jeep, um for Stephanie, it was such a fun show!

Sharon Johnson  1:03:07

I just was amazed at how much how much action quote unquote there was in that show.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:03:11


Susan Lambert Hatem  1:03:12

If you were Mexico, did you do the waterskiing?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:03:15

No, the jet-

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:03:16

Jet skis?

Sharon Johnson  1:03:17

Wasn't that over in Europe?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:03:19

A wet bike that that was, that was in Malta.

Sharon Johnson  1:03:22


Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:03:23

That was a wet bike. Yeah.

Sharon Johnson  1:03:25

The beginning of season three, season four?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:03:28

Yeah. And and I got in trouble because I jumped right on it and took off and left Pierce's character which was, which was Ernie in the- in the in the wake? (Laughs)

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:03:42

You left him right behind. You know, that was, that was very character.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:03:45

No, you can't do that. No, you can't!

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:03:47

That was very Laura Holt, actually. That was very in-character.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:03:51

I said, she can win! (Laughs) And then we also were in Las Hadas.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:03:58

Wow, they went all over!

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:03:59

Yeah. And, and there- since there were so few stunt people that went, they needed a Keyes double. Remember Keyes?

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:04:09


Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:04:10

Heavy guy?

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:04:11


Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:04:11

So they put a fat suit on me and a bald cap and I looked like a little alien because my, my head's so small!

Sharon Johnson  1:04:17


Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:04:19

And, and Pierce hits me and I go over the railing and fall in the pool.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:04:25

Oh my god!

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:04:26

Oh, gosh, when we were in Mexico, it was really- it was tough, because, you know, we had this Jeep that had to do a bunch of stuff in the jungle and and it needed some work because it had been sitting there for a long time. And we went over with the guy who was supposed to do it, told him exactly what needed to be done. And he said, "Okay, mañaña." And okay, oh, so tomorrow we'll have this done. We need it. We need it mañaña, we need it tomorrow! And we get there and nothing had been done... He shows up and he goes mañaña! (Laughs) So we ended up wrenching on a thing that him and I were working on it trying to get the thing going again and...

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:05:15

See? Thank God your dad made you build that motorcycle!

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:05:18

Yeah, well, you know, he did teach me all that and it's really come in handy. I know how to, to do whatever I need to do. So there's times where I would go to work and I'd have some old piece of junk motorcycle. And I'd have my little pouch full of tools, and I just start taking them out and fixing and doing whatever I needed to do. And all the guys are standing there going, "What?" I said, "Yeah, yeah, that's me!" (Laughs)

Sharon Johnson  1:05:51


Susan Lambert Hatem  1:05:51

Oh, man, that's so great. I'm so excited to learn that you did all those international episodes of Remington Steele, and that you stunted for Keyes. Because again, in the 80s, there were a lot of men that were stunting for women. It still wasn't just the practice, so can you talk a little bit about what was happening, sort of behind the scenes about women in the stunt world?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:06:13

Yeah, well, you know, I was fortunate because I came in in 1977. And that's when all the affirmative action thing was just starting, you know, or it had just started. And so I kind of walked in at a really good time. And I'm thankful for that, because they weren't giving women chances to do things. But because I had the sequence of events, like, learning on that one show, and then being in the stunt competition, everybody got to see that I had talent, and that I could adapt to different things, and I could do a lot of things. So, uh, doors started opening up like crazy for me and proving that women can do. You know, there were some women who did driving and, you know, like Donna Garrett and Jeannie did some driving but it wasn't at the level, you know, there was a certain level where they thought women couldn't do it. And when, you know, I was very fortunate when I got on CHiPS. They gave me a car turnover very shortly after I started working on the show. I did some motorcycle stuff for them and some car stuff, and they saw that I had talent and I could listen and do what I was instructed to do as well. The first car turnover I did, there was no roll cage, it was just a roll bar. And it was way back because they did it for a guy who's 6, 6 foot and 6'1'', you know, and he's got lots of legroom and my seat's way forward. So what we used to do was, go to a grab strap, we would make a strap that'd go across the seat, and then you keep one hand in it. And it was a wood ramp. So when I came in, I had to turn the wheels to the right, which rolls out like that. But I had a little bit more speed. So it kind of went like this and landed on the side. And then it turned upside down and there was a line from the front to the roll bar. So I got my grab strap and I got pulled down. And you know they loved it, they thought it was great. So each thing that I did, I would kind of underplay my abilities when I would talk to them. Because, you know, I wasn't all that confident anyway. But I knew what I had done, and I would tell them what my experience was. And I wouldn't set the bar too high that I couldn't clear it. And that's a problem with a lot of new people, when they come in, they're excited. They want to do a good job. And they're saying, "Oh, I can do this. I can do that. I'm so really good at this. And I'm really good at that." And that's kind of setting themselves up for a fall. Because you know, you want to be able to set that bar where you can clear it every time. Yeah, but there were some really cool things on Remington Steele. I got to jump the Volkswagen Rabbit into the pond at Disney Ranch. You know where that kind of ridge is, and then there's a little pond.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:09:27

I remember that episode. Yeah!

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:09:29

I jumped it, and it was so fun because it was such a big wave it just hit and it was like BOOSH (Laughs), just like everywhere.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:09:39

So you have been awarded many, many times you have won. I think every stunt award there is and many, many times and you- Motorcycle Hall of Fame. What's the award that means the most to you?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:09:55

I think the award that means the most me is my AMA Hall of Fame. Because I went for a women's conference in Ohio. The headquarters of American Motorcyclist's Association is in Pickerington, Ohio, which is right near Columbus. And I spoke there and did some stuff for- for them and then we went to the AMA Museum, and they have a wall of fame. And I saw all the names of all the famous people that my dad knew. And, you know, we'd go watch the races at Ascot, and I saw them race and, you know, people that he rode with and people that I admired, growing up, were all on the wall. And I was just secretly thinking, "Wouldn't it be cool if I'm up there someday?" And then in 2003, I was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame. So for me, that goes way back to the very beginning, the roots of what, you know what it all started, what all started it. And so we live in kind of an area where sometimes there's fires, and we have to evacuate. One of the first things I grabbed is my AMA medal. But you know, everything- I feel honored, you know, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. And then there was another one, Trailblazer's Hall of Fame, which is another motorcycle hall of fame that I feel really honored to be in. I feel honored to have my Taurus STUNT awards- I've got seven of them.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:11:37

Seven of them.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:11:39

Yeah. And then I got the Artemis Lifetime Achievement Award and, and then another achievement award. And so I just feel, I'm very grateful to be getting to do what I love all these years, and being appreciated for it is really something special. This point in my life, I'm trying to pass on the knowledge that I have, because I'm not going to be around forever. You know, people say "when are you going to quit?" and I go, "Well, when I want to!" (Laughs) I don't want to yet. I'm still-

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:12:18

You're still having a blast.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:12:19

I love it. I love it. And now, now that the kids are older, I get to travel more and yeah, I just feel grateful, you know, to have been able to find my niche, you know of what my real passion in life has been. Since I was a little kid, I was always doing active things. And now I get to make a living, still, doing active things.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:12:47

With some books and documentaries, there seems to be more notice of stuntwomen. Do you find that? Do you find it's a different appreciation now, than when you started?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:12:56

Yes, it is a different appreciation now. And um it's, it's good. A lot of the guys appreciated our skills back then. But then there were guys who just wanted to jump in the seat and make the money. And, you know, so that was discouraging. But there's always those kinds of people. Yeah. And I choose to concentrate on the people that do want to see you succeed, and do want to help you. And even like, I get picture car guys that sometimes, because I'm a woman and I don't look like an aggressive woman, they think that I can't drive and they when they first see me and they don't know who I am, I can tell they're going "Oh God, a woman driver." (Laughs)

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:13:47


Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:13:47

Yeah, still now. Well, you know, so I realized that and I go, okay. "Hey, um, do you think you could help me put some air in the tire? I need 50 pounds in the wrist, please. Would you be okay doing that?" (Sigh) Okay, so he does it. And then even though I-I know that I know how to do all that stuff. It's just- uh, and so then I say, "Oh, thanks very much. I really appreciate it." And he goes off, and then at the end of the day, I track him down. I say, "Hey, man, I just wanted to thank you so much for all your help today really meant a lot." And the next day, he's there waiting as like a puppy dog. "Can I do something to help you?" So, you know, I just figure people don't know and sometimes people have been treated badly. Or maybe not, maybe they just have bad attitudes. But a lot of times you can give people the respect they don't deserve and they come around and they end up being your best buddies- in your corner completely. And so I find it fun most of the time, you know.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:15:06

That's such a great line-

Sharon Johnson  1:15:08


Susan Lambert Hatem  1:15:08

Giving people the respect, they don't deserve. And see if they come around.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:15:12

When I coordinated Harley's web, there was a grip that didn't want to do anything. I had to chain a box, a couple of apple boxes together, so the actor could jump up on it. And they didn't want to do it. He didn't want to do it- He said a man should be doing that coordinating job. And I just went, "Okay, then I'll do it myself." And so I did it myself. And, um, then the next day, we were on set, we were on stage and it was like a stage setup - a high school stage setup. And she has to run off the stage. And I was gonna stand there and safety her in case she tripped. But I saw him and I went, "Hey, do you think you could stand here and safety here because I'm kind of small? And, you know, I just think he, you know, she'd be a lot safer with you there." And from then on he was- he was my buddy. I mean, he helped me with everything. And, you know, he was a real jerk. Real jerk, he wasn't doing his job the first day. But you know. And then I also had an issue with the prop guy, who, I told him how many breakaway bottles I needed for the scene. And he goes, I bet you don't know anything about breakaway bottles. And I said, as a matter of fact, I don't but I'd sure like to learn. That was this old guy. And I was in the prop truck for about 45 minutes, he was telling me all about breakaway glass and who makes the best. From then on he was willing to help me with anything.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:16:49

Wow, you can flip a car and flip a dude's personality.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:16:52


Sharon Johnson  1:16:52


Susan Lambert Hatem  1:16:55

You got a lot of skills!

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:16:58

But coordinating is tough, you know, for women because for so long, they thought it was a guy's-

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:17:04


Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:17:04

A guy's job, yeah.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:17:06

All right, we're down to three questions.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:17:07


Susan Lambert Hatem  1:17:08

So, number one, what's the 80s ladies-driven television show that resonated with you kind of at the time? And it may have been one you worked on.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:17:16

I think I have two favorites. Oh, God. Now it's, that's really hard because  the 80s has a bunch of great shows!

Sharon Johnson  1:17:25

You can name as many as you'd like.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:17:26

Okay. I loved Remington Steele, it was just a fun show, really fun show. I loved watching it as well as working on it. And then Beauty and the Beast was fun, too. And, and I doubled Linda Hamilton on that. And let's see, Hunter was great, too, because they were women that were to kind of take charge, you know, and they did things and got things done. And you know, it was it was a lot of fun to see women in those roles. You know, I was very fortunate in the very beginning to get to double Wonder Woman on the motorcycle because Jeannie doubled her regularly and then I doubled her on the motorcycle.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:18:13

All right, and do you have any current ladies of TV shows that you're watching or enjoying? Or, I know you're pretty busy, but-

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:18:20

Not so much now, because there's so much content out there, that I end up not watching anything, you know? So I-I think the 80s was a very special time.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:18:33

What's the most action hero, like slash television moment, like, like a moment in your life where you thought is this scripted?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:18:44

That had to be Heaven's Gate. I know that's not a TV show. But-

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:18:49

That's okay,  that's allowed.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:18:50

Having grown up wanting a horse or a pony my whole life. And when this coordinator called me, he had seen me do the stunt competition. And he called and I said, "Well, I'm not a horseback rider, I don't- I wasn't raised around them. I wouldn't know if the wrong bit's in the mouth or, you know, I don't know a whole lot about all of the technical stuff because I wasn't raised around them."  But I went to camp and there was horses and ponies and I said, "you know if you'll have me on that basis, I would love to come." And he says to me, "you're on kid." And I had the time of my life. I was just so happy the entire time and you know, the wranglers can really mess with you. They had a reputation for if people acted like they knew what they were doing, they would want to prove them wrong. So they'll they'll loosen the cinch, loosen the br-bridle, put the wrong bit in the mouth, do all kinds of stuff. And so what I did was I you know, I said I ride but I'm not a great rider. And if you see me doing something that isn't right or whatever, can you just please let me know because I want to learn. And they were wonderful to me. And I just had the time of my life. I had to ride horses just full gallop, full on run down through fields and my stirrups were swinging in the wind because they were those old antique stirrups or saddles and the, the leather was all rotten, you know, not rotten, but just solid in there and they couldn't undo it. So I didn't even have stirrups!

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:20:39

Because they couldn't be pulled up enough for you.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:20:40

Right, yeah, you couldn't adjust them. So full on runs, and I never fell off. And we did river crossings, which is one of the most dangerous things you can do. And I just listened to everything they said and did it, and it was funny because all the stunt guys were cowboys and everything and it was funny because they all chewed tobacco. And, so one day I put some gum in my lip and I turned my head to act like I was spitting! They're looking at me like, "You want to smoke a cigar too?" I go, "No, it's gum, see?" And then I also play guitar. And so I had my guitar with me and it was Kris Kristofferson, Steve Bruton, um David Mansfield the fiddle player, Norton Buffalo, the harmonica player. And they would put on concerts for us. And T Bone Burnett.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:21:43

T Bone Burnett! Yes, yeah!

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:21:45

The O Brother, Where Art Thou? Whole thing. So here I am sitting in a hotel room on the floor with my guitar. It was really interesting. Because when I was sitting there playing, you know, I kind of didn't want to make any noise. And they go "Come on, play, play!" And so they were just kind of jamming and stuff. And so I started playing a little bit, but not real hard. And then when I went back to my room, I was playing a whole different way than I'd ever played before, it like opened the door to a whole different sound.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:22:18


Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:22:19

So yeah, but those were just like the- that movie was a lot of pinch me moments. Is this really happening? Or am I just dreaming this?

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:22:30

That's so great. That's so so great. I'm, you know, it's been such an absolute pleasure to have you on our show and to have you talk about this stuff. And I'm so glad that Stephanie said we should reach out to you, I'd love to have Jeannie on the show too, so hopefully, that we can make that happen.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:22:46

Stephanie's awesome. She is such a great person. And I just, you know, so glad that we're still in touch after all these years. (Laughs)

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:22:55

It's really special. And it's been it's been really special to be able to talk to you today. So thank you very much.

Sharon Johnson  1:23:00

Thank you so much.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:23:01

Thank you.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:23:02

I know that your website is DebbieEvans.com, what's up next for you? Do you know?

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:23:07

Uh, I don't know. I don't even look for work, it finds me and in between I just do other things. Oh, I worked on Gray Man.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:23:17


Sharon Johnson  1:23:18


Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:23:18


Sharon Johnson  1:23:18

Was that shot overseas as well? Or was-

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:23:21

Yeah, that was in Prague.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:23:22

Oh wow.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:23:23

And, and I drove the red Audi.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:23:25


Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:23:26

And- oh, this is a cool story. Ryan Gosling was on set and finally I got introduced to him after working several scenes with him several days before. And the second unit director says, "Ryan, this is Debbie Evans." He goes: "I know who she is. You're a living legend." And I'm going-

Sharon Johnson  1:23:51


Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:23:53

But I thought that was so cool!

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:23:55

That is so cool.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:23:56

Alright, Ryan Gosling he gets [unintelligible] What a good boy.

Sharon Johnson  1:23:56


Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:24:04

He's super nice, he's really nice, yeah.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:24:07

That's great. Yeah, and then we'll be looking for you in Fast X.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:24:11

But we don't know what car you'll be in.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:24:11


Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:24:13

I'm not doubling Michelle (Rodriguez). That's all I gotta say.

Sharon Johnson  1:24:19

Well after it comes out let us know so we can make sure to keep an eye out for you!

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:24:22

Oh, and and I was on the call sheet on part of it. I was "Bad Guy." Bad Guy number whatever.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:24:31

Bad guy! My god, I'm gonna that's your nickname now.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:24:34

Bad Guy! (Laughs) I thought that was so funny!

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:24:37

Bad Guy Evans. Let's do it.. Oh, gosh. All right. Well, you have a great day and a great afternoon and maybe you know I want to have a big reunion episode where we have everybody that we had on the show, come back on the show so we can get Stephanie on with you and you guys can just chat.

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:24:54

That'd be great.

Sharon Johnson  1:24:55

I think my head would explode. I really do. Bye!

Debbie Evans Leavitt  1:25:00

Take care.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:25:05

Our audiography for today is Debbie Evans' website, debbieevans.com. And there's also another great website to find out more about women and stunts, and it's called womeninstunts.com. And you can read about a lot of stunt women, please go to our website, and you can find those links there as well as a few others on Debbie.

Sharon Johnson  1:25:23

We also have several books to recommend. The first one is called "Stunts, the How-To Handbook: Secrets From an Award-Winning Hollywood Stuntwoman" by Angela Merrill.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:25:33

And these are all going to sound very familiar in just a minute, but I promise you they're all different. "The Stuntwoman: The True Story of a Hollywood Heroine" by Julie Ann Johnson and David L. Rob.

Sharon Johnson  1:25:45

And then there's "Stuntwoman: The Hollywood Untold Story" by Molly Gregory.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:25:51

And links to those books will be on our website as well: 80sTVLadies.com!

Sharon Johnson  1:25:56

Next time on 80s TV Ladies, we're going to be moving on to our next show: Cagney & Lacey.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:26:03

I can't wait. Send us your questions on the website at 80sTVLadies.com. And let us know what other shows you want us to cover. And if you have any questions about Cagney & Lacey.

Sharon Johnson  1:26:12

We hope 80s TV Ladies brings you joy and laughter and lots of fabulous new, and old shows, to watch! All of which will lead us forward toward being amazing ladies of the 21st century.

Susan Lambert Hatem  1:26:24

Like Debbie Evans.

80s TV Ladies Theme Song      

80s TV Ladies, So sexy and so pretty.  80s TV Ladies, Steppin’ out into the city. 80s TV Ladies, often treated kind of sh#*ty. Working hard for the money in a man’s world. 80s TV Ladies!