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Althea Gibson

Althea GibsonBorn: 25-Aug-1927
Birthplace: Silver, SC
Died: 28-Sep-2003
Location of death: East Orange, NJ [1]
Cause of death: Respiratory failure
Remains: Buried, Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, NJ

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Tennis

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First black woman to win Wimbledon

First black tennis player to win all of the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open.

[1] East Orange General Hospital, East Orange, NJ.

Father: Daniel Gibson
Mother: Annie Bell
Sister: Mildred Gibson
Brother: Daniel Gibson, Jr. ("Bubba")
Husband: William Darben (m. 1965, div. Aug-1976, d. 1995)
Husband: Sydney Llewellyn (m. 1983, div.)

    High School: Williston Industrial High School, Wilmington, NC (1949)
Florida A&M University (1953)
    Teacher: Lincoln University

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
    Associated Press Athlete of the Year (female) 1957
    Associated Press Athlete of the Year (female) 1958
    International Tennis Hall of Fame 1971
    Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1994
    Stroke 1995
    Heart Attack 2003
    Risk Factors: Depression, Smoking, Arthritis

    The Horse Soldiers (12-Jun-1959) · Lukey

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Author of books:
I Always Wanted to Be Somebody (1958)
So Much to Live for (1968)

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