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Althea Gibson


Late rugby star who became the very first African American female to get Wimbledon in 1957. She graduated from Floria A&M University or college in 1953. She received seven total Grand Slam Game titles, including four Doubles championships. She got wedded to Sydney Llewellyn in 1983, after closing an 11-12 months relationship with William Darben in 1976. She paved just how for future BLACK tennis celebrities like Venus Williams.

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Full Name Althea Gibson
Date Of Birth August 25, 1927
Died September 28, 2003, East Orange, New Jersey, United States
Place Of Birth South Carolina
Height 1.8 m
Profession Tennis Player
Education Florida A&M University
Nationality American
Spouse Sydney Llewellyn, Will Darben
Parents Daniel Gibson, Annie Bell Gibson
Awards Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year
Movies The Horse Soldiers
Star Sign Virgo

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1Inducted into the Florida A&M University Sports Hall of Fame in 1976 (inaugural class).
2Pictured on a nondenominated USA commemorative postage stamp in the Black Heritage series, issued 23 August 2013. Price of the stamp on date of issue was 46¢.
3Inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2009.
4Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 200-202. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
5Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971.
6Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2001.
7Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year 1957 & 1958
8Born at 9:00 am - EDT



The Player1992Althea Gibson (uncredited)
The Horse Soldiers1959Lukey



American Masters2015TV Series documentaryHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1974TV SeriesHerself - Ex Tennis Champ
About Faces1960TV SeriesHerself
This Is Your Life1959TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1958-1959TV SeriesHerself / Singer and Tennis Player
Person to Person1959TV Series documentaryHerself
What's My Line?1958TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest

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The Fifties1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - at Tennis Match
The Journey of the African-American Athlete1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1985TV SeriesHerself

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