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Althea Gibson (1927–2003)


She was the first to break the color barrier of the American Lawn Tennis League in 1950 and played in the U.S. National Tennis Championship in Forest Hills. She became the first African-American player to play in Wimbledon in 1951. She won the French Championship in 1956. She won in Wimbledon in 1957, the trophy presented to her by Queen Elizabeth... See full bio »

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Known For

(1959)
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The Ed Sullivan Show Self / Self - tennis star / Singer and Tennis Player
(1958-1959)
(1974)

Filmography

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 1992 The Player
Althea Gibson (uncredited)
 1959 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Singer and Tennis Player
- Episode #12.49 (1959) ... Singer and Tennis Player
 1959 The Horse Soldiers
Lukey
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 1986 Our World (TV Series)
Self
- All Shook Up: Autumn 1957 (1986) ... Self
 1969-1974 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Self - Ex Tennis Champ / Self - Tennis Pro
- Episode #14.20 (1974) ... Self - Ex Tennis Champ
- Episode #9.71 (1969) ... Self - Tennis Pro
 1974 The Hollywood Squares (Syndication) (TV Series)
Self - Panelist
- Episode dated 13 January 1974 (1974) ... Self - Panelist
- Episode dated 12 January 1974 (1974) ... Self - Panelist
- Episode dated 11 January 1974 (1974) ... Self - Panelist
- Episode dated 10 January 1974 (1974) ... Self - Panelist
- Episode dated 9 January 1974 (1974) ... Self - Panelist
 1960 About Faces (TV Series)
Self
- Althea Gibson (1960) ... Self
 1959 This Is Your Life (TV Series)
Self
- Lowell Thomas (1959) ... Self
 1959 Person to Person (TV Series documentary)
Self
- Episode #6.28 (1959) ... Self
 1958 What's My Line? (TV Series)
Self - Mystery Guest
- Althea Gibson (1958) ... Self - Mystery Guest
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 2016 The Founders (Documentary)
Self
 2015 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Self
- Althea (2015) ... Self
 2011 Spirit of Wimbledon (TV Mini Series documentary)
- Pastures New (2011)
- Grass Roots (2011)
 2006 Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer (Documentary)
Self
 1997 The Fifties (TV Mini Series documentary)
Self - at Tennis Match
- The Fear & the Dream (1997) ... Self - at Tennis Match
 1996 The Journey of the African-American Athlete (TV Movie documentary)
Self
 1985 The Rock 'n' Roll Years (TV Series)
Self
- 1957 (1985) ... Self
 1957 't Is oudejaarsavond (TV Special)
Self
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Guest on the daytime program "The Jean Connelly Show".

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 3 Articles | See more »

Official Sites:

WTA_homage

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)

Spouse:

Sydney Rhoden Llewellyn  (divorced) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

In sports, you simply aren't considered a real champion until you have defended your title successfully. Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best.

Trivia:

Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2001. See more »

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