'Good Earth' stuntwoman Mason dies

Oct. 3, 2009 at 4:41 PM

CAMARILLO, Calif., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Jewell Jordan Mason, who was the stunt double for Luise Rainer in "The Good Earth," died in Camarillo, Calif., at the age of 92.

The Hollywood Reporter said Friday Mason also worked as the stunt double for Merle Oberon in the 1939 production of "Wuthering Heights." Mason's Hollywood stunt career lasted from the 1930s into the '40s.

While appearing in movies such as "Ever Since Eve," "New Moon" and "Tarzan Rides Again," Mason shared screen time with film greats like Bing Crosby, Clark Gable and Greta Garbo.

Mason's strenuous career came at a cost as she endured back and wrist problems, broken ribs, and a dislocated shoulder and hip.

Author Mollie Gregory will detail Mason's cinematic exploits in a University of California Press book due out for release in 2010, the Reporter said.

Mason, who died Sept. 24 of unspecified causes, is survived by her husband Dan, a daughter, two sisters, a granddaughter, a great-granddaughter and a niece, producer Gale Anne Hurd.

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