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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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(1959)
Althea Writer
The Ed Sullivan Show Herself / Herself - tennis star / Singer and Tennis Player
(1958-1959)
What's My Line? Herself - Mystery Guest
(1958)

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)
Herself
- All Shook Up: Autumn 1957 (1986) ... Herself
 1969-1974 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Herself - Ex Tennis Champ / Herself - Tennis Pro
- Episode #14.20 (1974) ... Herself - Ex Tennis Champ
- Episode #9.71 (1969) ... Herself - Tennis Pro
 1960 About Faces (TV Series)
Herself
- Episode #1.30 (1960) ... Herself
 1959 This Is Your Life (TV Series)
Herself
- Lowell Thomas (1959) ... Herself
 1959 Person to Person (TV Series documentary)
Herself
- Episode #6.28 (1959) ... Herself
 1958 What's My Line? (TV Series)
Herself - Mystery Guest
- Althea Gibson (1958) ... Herself - Mystery Guest
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 2016 The Founders (Documentary)
Herself
 2015 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Herself
- Althea (2015) ... Herself
 2011 Spirit of Wimbledon (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- Pastures New (2011)
- Grass Roots (2011)
 1997 The Fifties (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Herself - at Tennis Match
- The Fear & the Dream (1997) ... Herself - at Tennis Match
 1996 The Journey of the African-American Athlete (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 1985 The Rock 'n' Roll Years (TV Series)
Herself
- 1957 (1985) ... Herself
 1957 't Is oudejaarsavond (TV Special)
Herself
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3 Print Biographies | 2 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Trivia:

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¢. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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