Mastering an outrigger

Here’s a photograph from the January 20 1927 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a woman with a canoe.

Allene Ray (1901-1979) was midway through her film career at the time this photograph was taken. She was used to doing her own stunts and had already mastered horseback riding, so working with a Hawaiian outrigger was well within her skill set.

Her last movie was in 1931, after which she seems to have led an ordinary civilian life, working as a seamstress and fitter and then becoming a real estate broker. She married film producer Larry Wheeler in 1925; they stayed together until he passed away in 1958.

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