~Helen Gibson~

Born: August 27, 1891 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died: October 10, 1977 in Roseburg, Oregon, USA
~Biography~
Sources differ as to whether dark-haired American stunt woman/actress Helen Gibson actually
enjoyed the benefit of clergy when "marrying" future cowboy star Hoot Gibson at the Pendleton
Roundup in Oregon in 1911. Gibson herself always maintained that they were husband and wife and
"The Hooter" certainly appeared the jealous husband when, in 1915, she replaced Helen Holmes in
the long-running Hazards of Helen series and became the Gibson family's main breadwinner. Born
Rose August Wenger but changing her name to fit her new role on and off the screen, Helen Gibson
succeeded Helen Holmes after years as a stunt rider with the famous Miller 101 Wild West Show and
as an eight dollars-a-week extra for film producer Thomas Ince. She was actually much livelier and
arguably a better actress than her predecessor and the series made her a top action star. The
Hazards of Helen finally ended in 1917 and Gibson would find the coming decade less hospitable. No
longer with Hoot Gibson, she also suffered the indignity of going bankrupt in an attempt to produce
her own starring vehicles. But despite setbacks, Helen Gibson persevered due to her superior riding
skills and film work kept coming her way, right through to the 1960s and John Ford's The Man Who
Shot Liberty Valance (1962), for which she reportedly earned 35 dollars driving a team of horses.
Helen Gibson lived long enough to become part of the nostalgia boom and often shared her
recollections with readers of such publications as Films in Review.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com
~Silent Filmogaphy~
The Vanishing West (1928) .... Mrs. Kincaid
The Chinatown Mystery (1928)
Heroes of the Wild (1927) .... Julia
Thorobred (1922) .... Helen
Nine Points of the Law (1922) .... Cherie Du Bois
The Wolverine (1921) .... Billy Louise
No Man's Woman (1921) .... The Girl

Loot (1919) .... Maid
Down But Not Out (1919)
Gun Law (1919) .... Letty
Rustlers (1919) .... Postmistress - Nell Wyndham
Ace High (1919)
The Rustlers (1919)
Riding Wild (1919)
The Canyon Mystery (1919)
The Black Horse Bandit (1919)
The Secret Peril (1919)
Wolves of the Range (1918)
The Robber (1918)
Captured Alive (1918)
The Silent Sentinel (1918)
The Dead Shot (1918)
The Fast Mail (1918)
Under False Pretenses (1918)
Danger Ahead (1918)
Bawled Out (1918)
The Pay Roll Express (1918)
The Branded Man (1918) .... Helen Ewing
The Midnight Flyer (1918)
Play Straight or Fight (1918)
The Deserted Engine (1917)
... aka "A Daughter of Daring (#11): The Deserted Engine" - USA (series title)
Fighting Mad (1917) .... Mary Lambert
The Detective's Danger (1917)
... aka "A Daughter of Daring (#10): The Detective's Danger" - USA (series title)
The End of the Run (1917)
Saving the Fast Mail (1917)
The Dynamite Special (1917)
A Perilous Leap (1917)
The Wrong Man (1917)
A Race to the Drawbridge (1917)
... aka "A Daughter of Daring (#9): A Race to the Drawbridge" - USA (series title)
The Railroad Smugglers (1917)
... aka "A Daughter of Daring (#8): The Railroad Smugglers" - USA (series title)
The Munitions Plot (1917)
... aka "A Daughter of Daring (#7): The Munitions Plot" - USA (series title)
The Lone Point Feud (1917)
... aka "A Daughter of Daring (#6): The Lone Point Feud" - USA (series title)
The Mystery of the Burning Freight (1917)
... aka "A Daughter of Daring (#5): The Mystery of the Burning Freight" - USA (series title)
The College Boys' Special (1917)
... aka "A Daughter of Daring (#4): The College Boys' Special" - USA (series title)
The Borrowed Engine (1917)
... aka "A Daughter of Daring (#3): The Borrowed Engine" - USA (series title)
The Registered Pouch (1917)
... aka "A Daughter of Daring (#2): The Registered Pouch" - USA (series title)
In the Path of Peril (1917)
... aka "A Daughter of Daring (#1): In the Path of Peril" - USA (series title)
The Sidetracked Sleeper (1917) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#119): The Sidetracked Sleeper" - USA (series title)
The Prima Donna's Special (1917) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#118): The Prima Donna's Special" - USA (series title)
The Death Siding (1917) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#117): The Death Siding" - USA (series title)
The Railroad Claim Intrigue (1917) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#116): The Railroad Claim Intrigue" - USA (series title)
The Wrecked Station (1917)
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#115): The Wrecked Station" - USA (series title)
The Fireman's Nemesis (1917) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazard's of Helen (#114): The Fireman's Nemesis" - USA (series title)
The Mogul Mountain Mystery (1917) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#113): The Mogul Mountain Mystery" - USA (series title)
A Race with Death (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#112): A Race with Death" - USA (series title)
The Vanishing Box Car (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#111): The Vanishing Box Car" - USA (series title)
The Midnight Express (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#110): The Midnight Express" - USA (series title)
The Lineman's Peril (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#109): The Lineman's Peril" - USA (series title)
The Trial Run (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#108): The Trial Run" - USA (series title)
The Forgotten Train Order (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#107): The Forgotten Train Order" - USA (series title)
The Runaway Sleeper (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#106): The Runaway Sleeper" - USA (series title)
The Lone Point Mystery (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#105): The Lone Point Mystery" - USA (series title)
The Gate of Death (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#104): The Gate of Death" - USA (series title)
The Lost Messenger (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#103): The Lost Messenger" - USA (series title)
A Daring Chance (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#102): A Daring Chance" - USA (series title)
To Save the Special (1916)
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#101): To Save the Special" - USA (series title)
The Blocked Track (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#100): The Blocked Track" - USA (series title)
The Death Swing (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#99): The Death Swing" - USA (series title)
Defying Death (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#98): Defying Death" - USA (series title)
The Hoodoo of Division B (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#97): The Hoodoo of Division B" - USA (series title)
Ablaze on the Rails (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#96): Ablaze on the Rails" - USA (series title)
The Secret of the Box Car (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#95): The Secret of the Box Car" - USA (series title)
At Danger's Call (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#94): At Danger's Call" - USA (series title)
With the Aid of the Wrecker (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#93): With the Aid of the Wrecker" - USA (series title)
Hurled Through the Drawbridge (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#92): Hurled Through the Drawbridge" - USA (series title)
A Mystery of the Rails (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#91): A Mystery of the Rails" - USA (series title)
A Plunge from the Sky (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#90): A Plunge from the Sky" - USA (series title)
In Death's Pathway (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#89): In Death's Pathway" - USA (series title)
The Broken Brake (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#88): The Broken Brake" - USA (series title)
To Save the Road (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#87): To Save the Road" - USA (series title)
The Engineer's Honor (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#86): The Engineer's Honor" - USA (series title)
The Mysterious Cipher (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#85): The Mysterious Cipher" - USA (series title)
A Race Through the Air (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#84): A Race Through the Air" - USA (series title)
The Treasure Train (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#83): The Treasure Train" - USA (series title)
The Spiked Switch (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#82): The Spiked Switch" - USA (series title)
The Capture of Red Stanley (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#81): The Capture of Red Stanley" - USA (series title)
One Chance in a Hundred (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#80): One Chance in a Hundred" - USA (series title)
The Bridge of Danger (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#79): The Bridge of Danger" - USA (series title)
The Human Telegram (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#78): The Human Telegram" - USA (series title)
The Trail of Danger (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#77): The Trail of Danger" - USA (series title)
The Governor's Special (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#76): The Governor's Special" - USA (series title)
The Race for a Siding (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#75): The Race for a Siding" - USA (series title)
The Record Run (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#74): The Record Run" - USA (series title)
The Trapping of 'Peeler' White (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#73): The Trapping of 'Peeler' White" - USA (series title)
The Detective's Peril (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#72): The Detective's Peril" - USA (series title)
The Girl Who Dared (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#71): The Girl Who Dared" - USA (series title)
A Race for a Life (1916)
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#70): A Race for a Life" - USA (series title)
The Girl Telegrapher's Nerve (1916) .... Gibson
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#69): The Girl Telegrapher's Nerve" - USA (series title)
The Switchman's Story (1916)
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#68): The Switchman's Story" - USA (series title)
The Perilous Swing (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#67): The Perilous Swing" - USA (series title)
The Peril of the Rails (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#66): The Peril of the Rails" - USA (series title)
The Broken Wire (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#65): The Broken Wire" - USA (series title)
Tapped Wires (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#64): Tapped Wires" - USA (series title)
The Open Track (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#63): The Open Track" - USA (series title)
The Haunted Station (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#62): The Haunted Station" - USA (series title)
When Seconds Count (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#61): When Seconds Count" - USA (series title)
At the Risk of Her Life (1916) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#60): At the Risk of Her Life" - USA (series title)
A Boy at the Throttle (1915) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#59): A Boy at the Throttle" - USA (series title)
The Wrong Train Order (1915) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#58): The Wrong Train Order" - USA (series title)
Crossed Wires (1915/III) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#57): Crossed Wires" - USA (series title)
The Tramp Telegrapher (1915) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#56): The Tramp Telegrapher" - USA (series title)
The Dynamite Train (1915) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#55): The Dynamite Train" - USA (series title)
The Girl on the Bridge (1915) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#54): The Girl on the Bridge" - USA (series title)
The Girl and the Special (1915) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#53): The Girl and the Special" - USA (series title)
Danger Ahead! (1915) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#52): Danger Ahead!" - USA (series title)
The Rescue of the Brakeman's Children (1915) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#51): The Rescue of the Brakeman's Children" - USA (series title)
A Mile a Minute (1915) .... Helen
... aka "The Hazards of Helen (#50): A Mile a Minute" - USA (series title)
The Hazards of Helen (1914) .... Helen/The Operator at Lone Point (1915-1917)
Old Moddington's Daughters (1913) .... Moddington's Daughter
A Girl of the Range (1913)
Ranch Girls on a Rampage (1912) (uncredited) .... Ranch girl
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