Althea Neale Gibson Wiki Biography

Althea Gibson (August 25, 1927 – September 28, 2003) was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and the first black athlete of either gender to cross the color line of international tennis. In 1956 she became the first person of color to win a Grand Slam title (the French Open). The following year she won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals (precursor of the U.S. Open), then won both again in 1958, and was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in both years. In all she won 11 Grand Slam tournaments, including six doubles titles, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame. “She is one of the greatest players who ever lived,” said Robert Ryland, a tennis contemporary and former coach of Venus and Serena Williams. “Martina couldn’t touch her. I think she’d beat the Williams sisters.” In the early 1960s she also became the first black player to compete on the women’s professional golf tour.At a time when racism and prejudice were widespread in sports and in society, Gibson was often compared to Jackie Robinson. “Her road to success was a challenging one,” said Billie Jean King, “but I never saw her back down.” “To anyone, she was an inspiration, because of what she was able to do at a time when it was enormously difficult to play tennis at all if you were black,” said former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. “I am honored to have followed in such great footsteps,” wrote Venus Williams. “Her accomplishments set the stage for my success, and through players like myself and Serena and many others to come, her legacy will live on.” 

Full Name Althea Gibson
Net Worth $5 Million
Date Of Birth August 25, 1927
Died 2003-09-28
Place Of Birth Silver, South Carolina, USA
Height 5′ 11″ (1.8 m)
Profession Actress
Education Florida A&M University
Nationality American
Spouse Sydney Llewellyn, Will Darben
Parents Annie Bell Gibson, Daniel Gibson
Awards Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year
Movies The Horse Soldiers
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


Title Year Status Character
The Player 1992 Althea Gibson (uncredited)
The Horse Soldiers 1959 Lukey


Title Year Status Character
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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