above: Helen Holmes in her 1916 serial A LASS OF THE LUMBERLANDS
My article on silent film icon Helen Holmes first appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of MENTAL FLOSS. Now the article is available to view online over at Neatorama. I'm pleased to share this with everyone because Holmes was an amazing figure in the history of cinema. As an actor, director, writer, producer, and stuntwoman she deserves to be remembered for helping to create some of the first great female action heroes of cinema with series like THE HAZARDS OF HELEN and A LASS OF THE LUMBERLANDS.
Go here to read my article Helen Holmes: The Girl At The Switch.