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Sonora Webster Carver
Birth: Feb. 2, 1904
Waycross
Ware County
Georgia, USA
Death: Sep. 21, 2003
Pleasantville
Atlantic County
New Jersey, USA

Daredevil Entertainer. She was the first woman to ride the diving horses at Steel Pier in Atlantic city. In 1924 she made history when she dove 40 feet on horseback into a tank of water. In 1931 she went blind from detached retinas after one of her horses hit the water off-balance. She still continued to ride the high-diving horses until World War II. Her 1961 autobiography, "A Girl and Five Horses", was the inspiration for the 1991 Disney film "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken". The diving horses were a popular attraction at the pier until being dicontinued in the 1970s after complaints from animal-rights activists. Carver always insisted that the horses loved the dives as much as she did and were in no way ever forced to jump. (bio by: Ron Moody) 
 
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Created by: Ron Moody
Record added: Sep 26, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7907392
Sonora Webster Carver
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Sonora Webster Carver
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Sonora Webster Carver
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- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: Feb. 8, 2015
Thinking of you.
- Sharon Orlofske
 Added: Aug. 27, 2014
Rest in Heavenly peace,
- William Neill
 Added: May. 1, 2014
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