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Action Icon Awards Celebrates Unsung Heriones in Action Films; Action Star/Stuntwoman Julie Michaels; Limbless Aerialist Jen Bricker and Paramount Studio's Alana Mayo to Receive Top Honors

VH1 and Access Hollywood's Nina Parker to Host 9th Annual Action Icon Awards Honoring Action-Oriented Actresses, Stuntwomen and Extreme Sports Stars Sunday, October 16 in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Universal Hotel
  • <strong>Julie Michaels, stuntwoman - Special Achievement Award Honoree</strong>
  • <strong>Jen Bricker book cover</strong>
  • <strong>Action Icon Awards 2016</strong>
  • <strong>Nina Parker - Host</strong>
  • <strong>Alana Mayo, VP Production, Paramount Studios - Diamond in the RAW Honoree</strong>

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9th Annual Action Icon Awards Honoring Action-Oriented Actresses, Stuntwomen and Extreme Sports Stars Sunday, October 16, 2016 in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.

"She's daring, risk-taking, dynamic, death defying all while receiving little or no recognition for her on-camera attributes in doubling for some of hollywood's A-list actresses."

    LOS ANGELES, CA, September 15, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The ninth annual Action Icon Awards celebrates risk-taking stuntwomen, along with action-oriented actresses and extreme sports stars, who are often the unsung heroines of the film and television industry. During the two-hour private red-carpet awards luncheon on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles, these pioneering women and living legends will be recognized in over 12 categories. Top honorees include the Diamond in the Raw Award - Alana Mayo, Vice President of Production, Paramount Studios; Limbless, world class aerialist Jen Bricker (, our Dare2BDifferent Award honoree, an award previously given to Paralympic Snowboarder Amy Purdy and Gold Medalists Gabby Douglass and Laila Ali. Melissa Stubbs will receive the HELEN GIBSON Award - which pays homage to a veteran stuntwoman with over 30 years of industry experience. Other deserving individuals will be honored in other categories including JEWEL, GEM, Dynamic Duo and the coveted Stuntwoman of the Year, with a Special Achievement nod to groundbreaking stuntwoman/stunt coordinator Julie Michaels.

Hosted by Nina Parker of Access Hollywood & VH1, the award show will illuminate the adept stuntwoman. She's daring, risk-taking, dynamic, death defying all while receiving little or no recognition for her on-camera attributes in doubling for some of Hollywood's A-list actresses.

Founded in 2007, the Action Icon Awards is lauded as Hollywood's preeminent awards show honoring the many unsung heroines of the motion picture and television industries. In previous years, awards have been given to Donna Evans, Shauna Duggins, Heidi Moneymaker, Boni Yanagisawa, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Dartenea Bryant, Dorenda Moore, Ming Qiu, Lisa Hoyle, and Jennifer Badger. Celebrity honorees have included Patricia Arquette, Maggie Q., Gabby Douglass, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Wagner, Pam Grier, Kelly Hu, Vivica A. Fox, Daniela Rauh, Yancy Butler, Nancy Lieberman, Laila Ali, Lisa Leslie, Gale Ann Hurd, Holly Robinson-Peete and Amy Purdy, among many others.

Conceived by Veteran Stuntwoman LaFaye Baker, the awards show benefits the Diamond in the RAW Foundation - a Los Angeles based non-profit organization serving at-risk teen girls in foster care. "As a product of the inner city, I am a firm believer that 'if you see it, you can be it.' I established Diamond in the RAW to show young girls the myriad of opportunities behind the camera and to honor my peers in the stunt community whom are often overshadowed by their male counterparts," says Baker.

The media and celebrities are also invited to learn stunt techniques; how to get set on fire, wield weapons, fight and fall from the sky and safety precautions during the Stuntwomen's Coordinating Conference from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm on Friday, October 14 at ShowBiz Studios - 15521 Lanark St., Van Nuys, CA 91406.

The Action Icon Awards are being sponsored in partnership with SAG/AFTRA, CBS-TV, US Bank, Marika, Inc., the McGrath Abrams Family Foundation, Stone Cold Action Productions and Mixed Chicks. Guests will take part in a silent auction, one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet and greet with top Hollywood Stunt Coordinators, and experience a live-artist performance by Deja, a 17-year old musical prodigy and former contestant on NBC's "The Voice."

For information about the event, sponsorship opportunities and tickets, please visit or call (800) 566.4714, ext. 84. Tickets are now on sale HERE.

For media credentials and press interviews, please contact LaTanya Marble, Envy Public Relations (818) 795- 3735 or

About Diamond in the Raw Foundation, Inc.
The Diamond in the Raw Foundation is a 501 (3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering and transforming the lives of foster care and at-risk teen girls between the ages of 12-18 through (S.T.E.M) sciences, technology, engineering and math.

About the Action Icon Awards
The Diamond in the Raw Foundation produces the Action Icon Awards annually to salute Hollywood professional stuntwomen and action-oriented actresses in film and television.

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