Gussie Moran
Gussie Moran
Gertrude "Gussie" Agusta Moran is a retired American female tennis player who was active in the 1940s to the 1970s. Her highest US national tennis ranking was 4th.
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A Tennis Tale: Once Famous, 'Gorgeous Gussie' Dies In Obscurity
NPR - about 4 years
When Gertrude "Gorgeous Gussie" Moran showed a bit of lace at Wimbledon in 1949, the tennis world was shocked and she became a huge star. She died last week at the age of 89. The contrast between what the tennis world though was risque in her day and what happens today is remarkable. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Tennis player Gussie Moran dies at 89; made waves at stodgy Wimbledon with short skirt in 1949
Fox News - about 4 years
Gertrude "Gussie" Moran, who shocked the modest midcentury tennis world when she took the court at Wimbledon with short skirt and ruffled underwear, has died at age 89.
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Keep grunting out of Wimbledon - Bluffton Today
Google News - over 5 years
Like Gussie Moran and Alice Marble, Althea Gibson and Billie Jean King. My first tennis racket, a wooden one, sensible in size with cat gut strings, was one endorsed by Alice Marble, a Wimbledon champion and Grand Slam title holder
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Wimbledon: Mixed Doubles... Mixed Troubles - 10sBalls
Google News - over 5 years
Gussy (Gussie) Moran always said that Pancho Gonzales was the most polite mixed player ever. In 1949 Gussy (Gorgeous Gussie) won the US Indoors with Pancho. I'm looking at the 2011 Wimby mixed draw. Semis…. Mahesh Bhupathi and Vesnina are playing a
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Gorgeous Gussie and Little Mo really caused a stir at Wimbledon - Belfast Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
Two personalities in that era after the Second World War remain vivid for me — Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly, darling of the media, who became an immortal, and Gorgeous Gussie Moran, another American whose lace and frilled knickers rather than her
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Wimbledon no es para modernos - Cadena Ser
Google News - over 5 years
El torneo recuerda escándalos sonados como el de la tenista estadounidense Gussie Moran en 1949. Pidió jugar Wimbledon con un vestido de colores. Su petición fue denegada y Gussie saltó a la pista de riguroso blanco, pero con un mini vestido de
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Green revolution - Livemint
Google News - over 5 years
Wimbledon is all I heard, from Gussie Moran's lace panties to Suzanne Lenglen's silk skirts. It is all I saw on grainy black and white television. It was also our history. It is where Amritraj led Connors two sets to love in 1981; it is where Ramesh
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Remembering Pauline Betz Addie | - 10sBalls
Google News - over 5 years
Instead, she turned pro in 1947, joining a co-ed tour that included players such as Gussie Moran, Jack Kramer, and Bobby Riggs. Betz continued to dominate the professional ranks, much as she had the amateurs. Betz excelled during her era,
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International Tennis Legend Pauline Betz Addie Dies at 91 - Potomac Almanac
Google News - over 5 years
The next year, Bobby Riggs persuaded her to join a circuit featuring Pancho Segura, Jack Kramer and Gussie Moran. Betz Addie wore leopard print short shorts to compete with Moran's famous lacy panties, which caused international stir at Wimbledon in
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Na Li and Rafael Nadal take home Roland Garros 2011 crowns – Mondays with Bob ... - World Tennis Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Barred from major competitions, which were amateur only prior to 1968, Addie began touring the country with fellow female pro Gussie Moran and top male stars including Jack Kramer and Bobby Riggs. She won seven women's professional championships
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Pauline Betz - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
She frequently featured in exhibition matches with “Gorgeous” Gussie Moran, beating her with monotonous regularity. Pauline May Betz was born on August 6 1919 and educated at Los Angeles High School. Her mother was a gym teacher, and Pauline learned
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Pauline Betz Addie, Banished Champion, Dies at 91
NYTimes - over 5 years
Pauline Betz Addie, a dominant American tennis champion who at the height of her amateur career was abruptly barred from the sport in 1947 because she had openly considered turning professional, died on Tuesday in Potomac, Md. She was 91. Her son Gary confirmed her death, at an assisted living facility, saying she had had Parkinson's disease. Betz
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Pauline Betz Addie falece aos 91 anos - Tenisbr@sil
Google News - over 5 years
Addie ingressou na carreira profissional, correndo o país com a também colega profissional Gussie Moran e Astros como Jack Kramer e Bobby Riggs. Em 1965, foi admitida no Hall da Fama e continuou jogando até seus 80 anos. Addie era viúva de Bob Addie,
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Mallick: Female athletes in skirts: Let the panting begin - Toronto Star
Google News - almost 6 years
Gussie Moran broke the rules when she played Wimbledon in 1949 in ruffled knickers under a shortie nightie — funny how words to describe undergarments become so easily dated — and she looks dreadful to the modern eye, but still like a woman who knew
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KSU Museum Director And Noted Dress Historian To Discuss Katharine Hepburn's ... - PRLog.Org (press release)
Google News - almost 6 years
The flattering, comfortable outfits designed by Orry-Kelly, Hepburn's obvious prowess as an accomplished golfer and tennis player, and cameo appearances by women sports legends Babe Zaharias, Betty Hicks, Helen Dettweiler, Gussie Moran, and Alice
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The Basics; Match the Dress To the Decade
NYTimes - over 10 years
Gussie Moran felt pretty before Maria Sharapova did. Cheekily pretty, for 1949. In the face of a Wimbledon ban on all but the whitest attire, she flashed color and lace -- under her white hemline, on her naughty knickers. So began a decades-long line of ball-bashing beauties dressed by Ted Tinling with an eye toward putting a little after-hours
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gussie Moran
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 90
    Died on January 16, 2013.
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  • 1988
    Age 65
    For a 1988 story and interview which reported on the 1949 Wimbledon incident Moran spoke about the event: Wimbledon officials went mad, and Moran, shocked by the reaction, went into a shell.
    More Details Hide Details The first and only time she wore the outfit on court, she walked with her racket in front of her face. "I was embarrassed.. because they were putting so much adulation on the character, 'Gorgeous Gussie'. You know, I was really never anything to write home about. I was a plain girl. But Life magazine ran a picture calling me Gorgeous Gussie, and the British picked it up and did a real job with it. Then people would see me and I'd hear them say, 'I've seen better-looking waitresses at the hot-dog stand.' I just went to pieces. Emotionally, I couldn't handle it."
  • 1986
    Age 63
    Moran was living at the family's Santa Monica home, a Victorian structure with an ocean view, but with her mother's death, she was unable to keep up the property taxes, and was evicted on 26 April 1986.
    More Details Hide Details She then moved to a series of small apartments in the Los Angeles area. Moran was married three times. Her first marriage at age 19 was to an ex-Royal Air Force pilot; that marriage was later annulled. Her second marriage at the age of 30 was to Eddie Hand, a transport firm executive, also known as Mr. Y in the book Beat the Dealer by Edward O. Thorp. Her third marriage at the age of 37 was to Frank ("Bing") Simpson, a Los Angeles lawyer-yachtsman. Both her second and third marriages ended in divorce. Moran had no children. Moran "always preferred to be known as 'Gussy' not 'Gussie'," and her name appears thus in her Los Angeles Times obituary. none
  • FORTIES
  • 1970
    Age 47
    In 1970, she participated in another USO tour, this time to Vietnam.
    More Details Hide Details While she was there, her helicopter was shot down, and she suffered several broken and dislocated bones. After recovering from that accident, she obtained (1972) a radio sports director position in Los Angeles, at station KFAC, but left after a short stint. She then free-lanced for a fabric manufacturer, and wrote columns for Tennis magazine. She worked for Tennis Unlimited, a promotional company.
  • 1969
    Age 46
    Moran then returned to giving tennis lessons at a Lake Encino racket club, remaining there for two and a half years. In 1969, she became advertising manager for World Tennis magazine.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1955
    Age 32
    In 1955 she became a sports newscaster at WMGM in New York City, a position which lasted until 1961.
    More Details Hide Details After leaving WMGM, she and a partner became active in manufacturing and selling her own line of tennis clothing (that business closed on 21 Nov. 1963). She then returned to California and became hostess of a racket club in Palm Springs. The hostess position did not last long, however, so she became co-host (with Tom Kennedy) of a daily TV interview show in Hollywood called Sundown. She was fired after eleven weeks (the show was to run for 13 weeks) when she referred to the Catholic religion as a political party.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1952
    Age 29
    Her popularity led her to a cameo appearance (as herself) in the 1952 sports-oriented American movie Pat and Mike, which featured Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
    More Details Hide Details It also allowed her to adorn magazine covers worldwide, and her name was given to a racehorse, an aircraft and a sauce. She even posed in her frilly kit in department stores. One of the last tournaments Moran competed in professionally was the 1971 U.S. Open, where in the Women's Singles draw, she was eliminated at the first round. In the same tournament she also partnered with Chuck Diaz in Mixed Doubles. In 1951, Moran began working for Los Angeles television Channel 4, doing a 15-minute interview with the voice of the Rams, Bob Kelley.
  • 1950
    Age 27
    Following the 1950 Wimbledon tournament, where she was seeded seventh, Moran's amateur career ended when she began to tour as a professional with Pauline Betz', using the dress incident as the main draw.
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  • 1949
    Age 26
    Moran entered several amateur tennis tourneys in California, eventually rising to eligibility to play at Wimbledon in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details Preparing for that appearance, she asked the official Wimbledon host, Ted Tinling, to design her outfit. She asked for one sleeve to be one color, the other sleeve to be another color, and the skirt to be a third color. Because of the tournament rule that all outfits had to be white only, he declined, but later agreed to design an outfit that complied with the rule. Her outfit, a short tennis dress with ruffled, lace-trimmed knickers, was short enough for her knickers to be visible during the match, a first for any tournament. In a tennis documentary on ESPN about Wimbledon and the requirement to wear white, long-time tennis analyst Bud Collins remarked about the "naughty" Gussie Moran wearing frilly lace panties at Wimbledon. Her outfit drew considerable attention; reporters covering the event began calling her "Gorgeous Gussie", and photographers fought for positions where they could get low shots of Moran, with the hope of glimpsing the lace. The event scandalized Wimbledon officials, prompting a debate in Parliament. Moran, who was accused of bringing 'vulgarity and sin into tennis' by the committee of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, later reverted to wearing shorts. Tinling, who had acted as official Wimbledon host for 23 years, was shunned for 33 years following the incident (he was invited back to Wimbledon in 1982).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1923
    Age 0
    Born on September 8, 1923.
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