Pilot. Stuntwoman. Sharpshooter. Trick Rider... and 36" 24" 36" of the most dangerous woman in the world.
Athena Voltaire is the daughter of French aircraft designer and World War I ace Tristam Voltaire and Russian Countess Anya Sikorsky. They were introduced by Anya's cousin, famous helicopter designer Igor Sikorsky.
Their union produced Athena but during the upheavals in Europe after the war, the couple separated. Anya, the expatriate countess remained in Europe and became the toast of the café society of Berlin and Paris. Tristam took his daughter to America and a career designing aircraft for the government. Tristam, enamoured of wild west stories told to him by American pilots during the war, bought a ranch in Mesa, Arizona with a major airfield nearby. It is here that Athena was raised. Ranch hands taught her how to ride and shoot. Her father taught her to fly.
After a brief tragic marriage (her cowboy husband was killed in a cattle raid), she struck out for Los Angeles to find work as a mail pilot. Caught up in postwar Hollywood, her exotic looks got her work in film. Her riding and shooting skills landed her parts in a host of B-movie westerns and serials. However, her acting skills were nominal and she ended up working primarily as a stuntwoman. Bored and unable to break out of stuntwork, she went back to the skies as a barnstormer and to compete in air races. She was more successful at this than acting.
Her fame as an air racer brought her to the attention of Howard Hughes, who lured her back to Hollywood to become a stunt pilot for his films. She also landed on the arm of every major star in Hollywood (Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Gary Cooper, to name just a few). During this time, she started her courier and charter air service, Wings Over The World. She was not adverse to taking some jobs and clients that were on the shady side of the law... at least in the early days.
Her air service and Hollywood connections, along with her fame, soon gained her a network of contacts all over the world. Her skill at getting clients in and out of hot spots became legendary.
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