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Date of Birth 23 June 1940Clarksville, Tennessee, USA
Date of Death 12 November 1994Nashville, Tennessee, USA  (brain cancer)
Birth NameWilma Glodean Rudolph

Mini Bio (1)

Wilma Rudolph was born on June 23, 1940 in Clarksville, Tennessee, USA as Wilma Glodean Rudolph. She was married to Robert Eldridge and William Ward. She died on November 12, 1994 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Spouse (2)

Robert Eldridge (20 July 1963 - 1976) (divorced) (4 children)
William Ward (14 October 1961 - 1963) (divorced)

Trivia (7)

Won three Olympic gold medals in 1960 (100-m. dash, 200-m. dash, 4x100-m. relay), and a bronze in 1956 (4x100-m. relay).
Inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, 1983 (charter member).
Pictured on a USA 23¢ definitive (regular-issue) stamp in the Distinguished Americans series, issued 14 July 2004 in booklets and sheets.
Children: Yolanda (born 1958), Djuanna (1964), Robert Jr. (1965), and Xurry (1971).
A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
There were 22 children in her family. She was the 20th.
As a child she was often so ill--at one time or another she contracted polio, measles, mumps, scarlet fever, chicken pox and double pneumonia--and bedridden so often that it was thought she would never be able to walk. Polio crippled her so badly that she was home-schooled for the first four years because she had to wear a leg brace that made it virtually impossible for her to walk to school.

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