Roberta earned a BA with Honors--Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa--in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University. There, she studied fencing under Maestro Bill Shipman. She discovered her skills and strengths when she enrolled in a stage combat class. Also, while at Brandeis, Roberta worked as a research assistant…more
On May 18, 2013, it was revealed that the Wikipedia user who had trashed so much of Roberta Brown's WIkipedia entry under the unser name of Qworty was a no-name author of a care-giver book by the name of Robert Clark Young. The revelation came after an investigation by a group called Wikipediocracy as well as writer Andrew Leonard of Salon.com.
Actor Valentine Pelka, who played Colonel Luis Montoya on "Queen of Swords" noticed the fine rapier Roberta had and requested to use the rapier as he played Colonel Montoya throughout the series. Robeta allowed Valentine to continue to use her rapier on set even after she returned to the United States after her role on "Queen of Swords" was finished.
While working on the syndicated TV series, "Queen of Swords," Roberta shared living quarters in Spain with fellow stuntwoman, Natalia Guijarro Brasseur. Natalia and Roberta continued their acquaintanceship after the show ended with occaional visits across the ocean.
While growing up, Roberta knew Michael and Jeffrey Derdian, the co-owners of West Warwick, Rhode Island nightclub "The Station." The Derdians' nightclub was the site of an infamous February 20, 2003 event, The Station nightclub fire in which some 230 patrons were injured and another 100 were killed when a fire broke out and escape was blocked. According to the University of Texas Fire Prevention Services department, "The club did not have an automatic fire sprinkler system to extinguish the fire, and most of the victims died at the primary entrance where the rush of frantic spectators created a logjam at the front door."
From April 2, 2013 to April 13, 2013, a bitter battle was waged online as to whether or not Roberta Brown is "notable-enough" to keep her entry at the crowd-sourced information website, Wikipedia. The anti-Roberta Brown contingent was led by an editor with the username Qworty. Qworty's position was that Roberta is insignificant in the entertainment industry. After saying that being a successful woman in a field dominated by men was not-notable, Qworty empha his position of scorn by writing "What's next, an article about the caterer for Queen of Swords?" The community ultimately voted to keep Brown's entry in Wikipedia because of articles written about her in numerous publications including, Backstage West (9/9/04, 8/14/06), The Fightmaster (Summer 2003), The Los Angeles Times (3/10/00), the Brandeis Review (August, 2006), and the Telegraph (9/26/2003). By April 24, 2013, novelist Amanda Filipacchi wrote an Op Ed article in the New York Times about editing and sexism on Wikipedia while Andrew Leonard picked up the theme for Salon and revealed the age of "revenge editing" on Wikipedia. On May 17, 2013, Andrew Leonard (Salon.com) revealed that Qworty was the username for a one-book author named Robert Clark Young. Leonard revealed research that showed that Young/Qworty had trashed articles about persons who he considered to be rivals. The relationship between Young/Qworty and Brown remains unknown.
Roberta Brown, the swordmaster/actress/Queen of Swords stunt double, is not the same person as Roberta Brown of the Roberta Brown Literary Agency or Roberta Simpson Brown, the author dubbed the "Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales."
Roberta Brown has been an Action Consultant with the Women's Action Network (an online multimedia effort produced by Reardon LLC) since the early 2000s.
Roberta Brown taught screenwriter and script coordinator Andrew Helm to fence at Westside Fencing in Culver City. His connection with Ms, Brown gave her the opportunity to coach fencing and act as a Queen and "Marta" double in the series "Queen of Swords."
Roberta: (Regarding her favorite Queen of Swords horse story) I think the horse story for which I became most famous was the day I took off alone on Guerrillero - Spanish for terrorist. When we were about a mile or two from the stables, he suddenly dropped to the ground and lay on his side. I stood over him mortified, and all I could think of was, "I've killed the horse! I've killed Ricardo's horse!" It was a long time before he finally got up, and I managed to walk him back to base camp very carefully, only to find the entire stunt team enormously amused. It seems good old Terrorist (who has been working in films longer than I have!) is their best falling horse - which is to say that when they need a horse to drop safely and dependably to the ground, this horse is the expert they call in, and he's very proud of his trick. He spotted a nice smooth spot of sand which looked, to his expert horse eye, like it had been cleared for a stunt, and he promptly dropped onto it! He just couldn't understand why I wasn't more impressed.
When asked in 2000 by Lyria Wollich at Fan Central if "sword mastering (is) fairly rare for women?," Brown replied: "Rare? Oh, I'd say so. Those numbers would be..... about two or three dozen to one! Although I have met a couple of other women who work in the sword world (and have of course trained many), I have yet to meet another woman sword choreographer/sword master. It is an entirely male-dominated field, which, to be honest, is one of the things which made me choose it. Although on the one hand I am presented with all sorts of unique challenges, on the other it means people remember me!"