Althea Gibson was in a John Wayne movie?

Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by Moose Malloy, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. Moose Malloy

    Moose Malloy Legend

    Dec 27, 2005
    Just rented The Horse Soldiers, directed by John Ford, starring John Wayne & William Holden, released 1958.

    Was surprised by the opening credits, to see Althea Gibson. I had no idea she acted.

    It was a very small part, only like 5 lines of dialogue, but she got 4th billing & was emphasized in the trailer, so I assume she was somewhat well known for her tennis for the publicity department to showcase her, especially in such a high-profile film.

    however, her part was that of a slave servant to a Southern belle scarlett o'hara type during the civil war:-(

    guess serena has another reason to look up to her, let's see if she can get a part in a Tom Hanks or Tom Cruise flick.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2007
  2. urban

    urban Hall of Fame

    Apr 22, 2005
    Yes, Moose. I think, 'she' was killed in that Ford movie by a 'Southerners' shot. She had also a brief pro tennis career, playing a match series with the blond Carol ***eros. And she was in the entourage of Sugar Ray Robinson, who sponsored her career, and toured with the Harlem Globetrotters for a while.
  3. Rabbit

    Rabbit G.O.A.T.

    Feb 11, 2004
    at the bottom of every hill I come to
    She also sang. She put out an album in that time period.

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