Sonora Webster Carver

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Birthday
2, 1904
Birthplace
Georgia
Death Date
Sep 20, 2003 (99)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
2, 1904
Birthplace
Georgia
Death Date
Sep 20, 2003 (99)

About

Known for her 1961 memoir A Girl and Five Brave Horses, this early 20th-century entertainer was famous during her lifetime as one of the first women to pursue a career as a circus "horse diver" (the rider of a horse that dives into water).

Before Fame

She became a horse diving sensation after answering a 1923 circus performer job advertisement.

Trivia

When she was twenty-seven years old, she lost her vision after diving with open eyes on a horse named Red Lips. Though she was blind, she continued her horse diving career for over a decade after her accident.

Family Life

She married Al Floyd Carter, who was the son of horse diving event creator and sharpshooter William "Doc" Carver. Her sister, Arnette Webster French, also became a well-known horse diver.

Associated With

She is portrayed by actress Gabrielle Anwar in the 1991 biopic Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken.

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