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I am looking for information on Helen Wills who was a great tennis player in the 1920s. Can you please give me a web site or some information on her? Is Helen Wills still alive and if not when did she die? Thank you very much for your time! - Samantha

I found information on Helen Willis in the book, Famous American Women: A Biographical Dictionary from Colonial Times to the Present, edited by Robert McHenry. The book was published in 1980 - at that time she was still alive, but twenty years is a long time. That entry says:

"....Born in Berkeley, CA on Oct. 6, 1905, she was educated in private school and began playing tennis at 13. She won the U.S. girls' championship in 1921 when she was 15. She won her first Wimbledon in 1927...Probably the most powerful woman player up to her time, and possessing extraordinary control as well, she long dominated women's tennis..."


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