Lauren Steimer

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I first thank Double Dare director Amanda Micheli for the use of her archive of Zoë Bell production stills. I also thank my spectacular editor, Bliss Lim, who dedicated countless hours in the service of polishing this essay. Her “material function” will never be lost on me. I must also give my most heartfelt thanks to Kelly Wolf, who patiently watched episodes of Xena and both Kill Bill installments with me at a snail’s pace and kindly lent her eyes to the “spot Zoë” game. Last, but in no respect least, I thank Zoë Bell for taking the time out of her busy schedule to speak to me and come to my University of California–Irvine Action Heroines Class, graciously signing over one hundred autographs and taking action photos with everyone in the room.