Anita grew up in the small village of Greendale, Wisconsin, she more than held her own against the toughest kids on the block in kickball, “take down the guy,” and tackle football. And, by enrolling her in gymnastics at 4 years old, her parents unknowingly ignited the fire of a life-long passion for sports.
Thirteen years of gymnastics, and beginning softball at 8 years and playing in basketball leagues at 11 years old led to a phone call at home by the women’s volleyball coach:
“We’re having tryouts today…why aren’t you here?”
Anita was only in the 8th grade, but had already made a reputation for herself as a superb athlete. Never having played volleyball, Anita went to tryouts, set the school record for standing vertical jump, an amazing 29 inches, made the team, and became a first string spiker.
Varsity basketball, volleyball and softball, where she batted fourth in every line-up since she was 8 and hit a home-run nearly every single game, led to Olympic volleyball camp and an invitation to attend the University of Steven’s Point. Anita took them up on their offer and began college at 17 years old.
However, another passion was beginning to smolder in Anita’s heart. Growing up watching the bionic Woman, Charlie’s Angels, Linda Hamilton in terminator and Jane in Tarzan.
Anita began to admire the tough daring women who personified the characters.Knowing actresses played the roles, but unaware of the fact they had stunt doubles who did most the action, Moving steadily ahead, still feeling unfulfilled, and having long since realized that the actresses she idolized as a child didn’t really get to do all the fun, challenging things she had admired them for, she dived into the world of a professional stuntwoman. Never satisfied with nothing less than the best, Anita has moved steadily upward in one of the toughest occupations in the world while still having a full modeling career.
Known not only for her beauty and amazing athletic ability, but for her willingness to give a 100% and nerves of steel, she has worked in over 100 feature films including Titanic, Austin Powers (as a Fembotand Elizabeth Hurley’s stunt double), Wild WildWest, Charlie’s Angels 2, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Oceans 11, Domino, and Taxi.
She went on to win a “Taurus” award at the 2005 World Stunt Awards for her work doubling Jennifer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Baywatch, Just Shoot Me, CSI Miami, Lost, Deep Space Nine, Suddenly Susan, and The Shield. Some of the actresses Anita has doubled include: Pamela Anderson, Angelina Jolie,Evangeline Lilly, Shannon Elizabeth, Brooke Shields, Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Cindy Crawford, Britney Spears, Kiera Knightly, Penelope Cruz, Elizabeth Hurley, and Minnie Driver. As well as making actresses look tough by doing their stunt work, Anita alsoserved as a body double.
This then led into a further modeling contract with a company in London called Slender Tone. She signed on to be the spokes model and butt of Slender Tone in the year 2001. Slender Tone insured Anita’s butt for 2 million dollars and Anita shot a 95ft x 195ft billboard for the company which made the company so successful and Anita so popular, that she then sought interviews in Los Angeles with Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood. After all of this exposure, the Opera Winfrey show called Anita and booked her on their show as the girl with, “The Best Butt in Hollywood”, in October 2003.
Anita has also spread her wings into the field of acting with numerous commercials, appearances on talk shows, a co-star of the fitness series, “Kiana’s Flex Appeal” and many films where she performs as an actress as well as doing her own stunts. Anita was also a spokes model for Logic Nutrition, Met-RX, and will be appearing this summer in 2 big block buster films not yet released, “Evan Almighty” and “The Invasion”, with Nicole Kidman.