IAMA Stuntwoman for over 35 years, currently being denied health coverage by Hollywood. AMA
My name is Leslie Hoffman, and I've been a stuntwoman for over 35 years. You might not realize it, but you’ve probably seen me before, stunt doubling the Queen in The Naked Gun and B'Elanna Torres in Star Trek Voyager. I was also in Nightmare on Elm Street, as well as many other movies and shows.
These days, however, I find myself the victim of people in very high positions of power within the Hollywood Industry. They have denied my health coverage, and I was hoping that through reddit I could share my story.
In the 80s, I was on the SAG Board of Directors, where I advocated for stunt people who not being recognized by the Board. Even once my term was over, I continued to advocate for my fellow stunt people. This was apparently an act the Board of Directors wouldn't forget.
Skipping ahead to the present day, many years in the stunt business has left me with multiple injuries, including Post-Concussion Syndrome and all its effects (which has recently been in the news linked to the death of Football player Junior Seau). I applied for my health coverage through SAG, but they refused to cover me, refusing to acknowledge the PCS, despite the fact that I had been diagnosed as such by a doctor.
Now, I'm trying to get my story out there through reddit and the internet in the hopes that maybe someone can help me and others with injuries like mine get the rightful coverage we have earned.
So AMA, reddit, about my career as a stuntwoman, my injuries, or what Ricardo Montalban is like in person! After years of being an advocate for stunt people, I’m looking for someone who can help me now.
EDIT #2 (At about 3:15 Pacific Time) - Be back in about 2 hours to answer more questions. Thanks so much for all the kind words so far!
Edit #3 - Back around. I've got a few good leads from this AMA that I hope can help my situation. I really appreciate it. Fire away with any more questions.