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Passings / Hazel Warp

Stunt double for Vivien Leigh

September 01, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Hazel Warp, 93, who was Vivien Leigh's stunt double in "Gone With the Wind," died Tuesday at Livingston Memorial Hospital in Livingston, Mont. A cause of death was not released.

Warp, who rode and trained horses, did the horseback riding scenes for Leigh in the 1939 movie. She also took a fall for Leigh, tumbling down the stairs of Tara in the famous scene near the end of the film when Scarlett O'Hara reaches out to slap Rhett Butler, loses her balance and falls.

"I never will forget it," Warp said of her Hollywood work in a 2005 interview with the Bozeman (Mont.) Daily Chronicle. "I liked it, everything about it."

A Montana native, Warp also appeared in "Wuthering Heights," "Ben-Hur" and "National Velvet," among other films.

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