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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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1 Inducted into the Florida A&M University Sports Hall of Fame in 1976 (inaugural class).
2 Pictured 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¢.
3 Inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2009.
4 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 200-202. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
5 Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971.
6 Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2001.
7 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year 1957 & 1958
8 Born at 9:00 am - EDT



The Player 1992 Althea Gibson (uncredited)
The Horse Soldiers 1959 Lukey



American Masters 2015 TV Series documentary Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1974 TV Series Herself - Ex Tennis Champ
About Faces 1960 TV Series Herself
This Is Your Life 1959 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958-1959 TV Series Herself / Singer and Tennis Player
Person to Person 1959 TV Series documentary Herself
What's My Line? 1958 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest

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The Fifties 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself - at Tennis Match
The Journey of the African-American Athlete 1996 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years 1985 TV Series Herself

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