Darlene Ava Williams - Bio
Born and raised in the circus, Darlene Williams has
performed with wild animals and amazing people under
the Big Top since the age of four.
Elephants have always played an integral part in her
life because of her father, Rex Williams, the number
one elephant trainer in the country. (Most famous
elephant keeper and trainer by EEKMA members.)
At seven, she began training for circus aerial acts.
Her mother Ava (Coronas) Williams, a fourth-generation
Czech aerialist, taught her Spanish web, trapeze, and
wire walking. Darlene has performed with Circus
Vargas, and numerous other shows throughout the world.
She continued to work in the circus until she was 20,
and then came off the road to pursue a college degree.
She earned a B.A. in Communications and won the Delta
Psi Omega drama award for best actress in a leading
role, later moving on to work as a stuntwoman in
television, feature films, and commercials.
Besides her circus and aerial skills, she has worked
with some of Hollywood's finest stuntmen and directors
including Tim Burton (Big Fish & Planet of the Apes),
Michael Mann (Collateral), Ang Lee (the Hulk), Ron
Howard (The Grinch) to name a few. Darlene's love of
live performing continues with her contributions to
live shows such as Las Vegas' THE SIREN'S OF TI, where
she trained and choreographed the aerial and bull whip
portions of the show. With her circus an aerial
skills, Darlene helped train the young and adult
actors for the wire work stunts in the Cat in the Hat
and Cirque Du Freak and was one of the circus advisors
to Big Fish.
Darlene completed 67 episodes as Pamela
Anderson's stunt double in VIP.
She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts &
Sciences and also served on the Academy's very first
Stunt Peer Group Executive Committee. She is an
original board member of the Stuntwomen's Foundation
(charity) and is one of the founding members of V10
Women Stunt Professionals an elite organization of
professional stunt women.
Written by: J. Batchler