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Subject: Actress & Stuntwoman Victoria Taft


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Date Posted: Friday, January 18, 07:39:25pm

Camp Fire profile: Victoria Taft, former actress and stuntwoman

Friends described former actress and stuntwoman Victoria Taft as a “golden girl,” with an “extravagant beauty” that took their breath away.

Vicki, as she was known to friends and family, grew up in the Hollywood film scene, starring in her first play at just 6 years old.

She would often visit her father, a cameraman, on set at Paramount Pictures and on the classic television show, “Happy Days.” Her grandfather was Everett Debaun, a screenwriter through the 1950s and ’60s.

Taft appeared in more than 20 television shows, movies and plays, but her most notable film work was perhaps as a stuntwoman on the 1990 film, “Dick Tracy,” where she doubled for Glenne Headly.

When she became pregnant with her daughter Christina in the early ’90s, Taft closed the Hollywood chapter of her life and began a new one as a stay-at-home mom in Arizona. In 2008, they moved to Paradise together to support Vicki Taft’s stepmother, Marjorie.

Her neighbors there said they remember her for her warm smile and generosity, and for her commitment to the Paradise Lions Club — continuing the legacy of her mother, Marian Bradford Taft, who was also active in the organization. Christina Taft said her mother really lived three full lives, one in Hollywood, one in Arizona, and then one in Paradise.

“I got my culture from her,” Christina Taft said. “She had so many unique stories that I loved to listen to.”

Much of the time, Vicki Taft could be found reading on her laptop, playing tennis, listening to her favorite bands (like The Doors, Elton John and Paul McCartney) or on the phone with one of her friends having a long conversation. She once wrote a book called “Tara,” a fictionalized account of her travels through Europe with her best friend, Michelle, and of meeting people in Hollywood. Taft often wrote long notes in birthday cards and letters, and left notes around her home with random thoughts.

She died at her home in the Camp Fire, just three days before her 67th birthday.

In her eulogy, Taft’s daughter described her mother as someone who cared about others more than herself.

“Vicki was facetious, independent, honest, trustworthy, caring, dependable, sarcastic, smart, stubborn, social and loyal,” wrote Christina Taft, summing up her mother’s “golden” life simply and eloquently: “She always thought the world was better than it was.”

https://www.chicoer.com/2019/01/18/camp-fire-profile-victoria-taft-former-actress-and-stuntwoman/

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