Odessa Grady Clay
Odessa Grady Clay
Odessa Lee Clay was the mother of three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali and Rudolph Valentino Clay, now Rahman Ali and grandmother of Laila Ali. She married Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr. in the 1930s and worked for some time as a household domestic to help support her young children.
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  • 1994
    Age 77
    Odessa Clay died of heart failure on August 18, 1994, at Hurstbourne Health Center, a nursing home in the Louisville, Kentucky area.
    More Details Hide Details She had been disabled by a stroke since February 1994, according to a family friend. Odessa Clay appeared as herself in the film documentaries Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story (1996) and When We Were Kings (1996). In the 1977 film The Greatest Odessa Clay was portrayed by Dorothy Meyer, and in the 2001 film Ali she was portrayed by Candy Ann Brown.
  • 1990
    Age 73
    Clay's husband died in 1990.
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  • 1917
    Age 0
    Born in 1917.
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