Kitty Linn O'Neil was an American stuntwoman and racer, given the title as "the fastest woman in the world"

An illness in early childhood left her deaf, and more illnesses in early adulthood cut short a career in diving

O'Neil's career as a stuntwoman and race driver led to her depiction in a television movie and as an action figure.

Her women's absolute land speed record stood until 2019.

“My mother pushed me to read lips,” she told People magazine in 1977,

Her coach Sammy Lee said she snapped up trophies “like hungry fish”.

Google Doodle Celebrating Kitty O'Neil's 77th Birthday