Ivy Gunter

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Ivy Stephenson Gunter (born June 22, 1950 in Bellevue, Ohio[1]) is an amputee, fashion model, osteosarcoma survivor, inspirational speaker, and fitness enthusiast. She is the author of the book On the Ragged Edge of Drop Dead Gorgeous.[2][3]

In early 1980 she was diagnosed with bone cancer in her right leg, leading to its amputation.[4] Five months after surgery, she returned to filming, with wigs and a prosthetic leg. She returned to modeling shortly thereafter. Gunter was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.[3]


  1. ^ Royster, Jacqueline Jones (2003). Profiles of Ohio women, 1803-2003. Ohio University Press. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-8214-1508-5.
  2. ^ Phiffer, Cindy (September–October 1999). "Ivy Gunter - Supermodel". Coping with Cancer. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Ohio Women's Hall of Fame Bio". ODJFS. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  4. ^ King, Dean; Jessica King; Jonathan Pearlroth (1998). Cancer Combat. Bantam Books. p. 18. ISBN 978-0-553-37845-0.