Originally Posted by Zummi
Was Alice heterosexual? Obviously not, b/c she admitted in her second autobiography to a relationship with a woman. So I guess one could call her bisexual. How does that sound to you?
As for Captain Joe, have you ever considered the possibility that "Joseph Crowley" might not have been Alice's husband's real name? Perhaps she used an alias to protect his identity? Or perhaps with all that drinking she was doing in her later years, she just forgot his real name
Nice answers Zummi. It's good to be a bit skeptical. I do realize the burden of proof is on me. That said, I have been doing a ton of research on this book. I've looked at the newspapers from the 1930s and 1940s. I've checked official documents and now I'm talking to people who knew Alice. With that in mind I can tell you the book "Courting Danger" is too full of lies and inaccuracies for me to except as proof something happened. I think you know as well as I do Zummi, that Alice wasn't trying to protect his identity or she *forgot* her husband's name.
Look Zummi, at some point you have to ask yourself do you really want to know about the real Alice Marble...which by the way is a great story or are you so in love with the book that you're going to start ignoring things just to prop up the book? Again, books...even autobiographies...can be wrong. Alice Marble went around telling a lot of *stories* to people. She was a wonderful champion, but a very troubled one.
I finally came across that story you told me about. The one where Alice Marble told everyone she beat Helen Wills. In the book "The Goddess And The American Girl" author Larry Engelmann interviewed Alice Marble. On page 414, Alice told him that in 1938, as the Wightman Cup team got ready to play the English, Hazel Wightman had Alice play one set against Helen Wills. In Alice's story she beat Helen 6-2. However, this is what the author later found out:
"But the other women present and the New York Times
correspondent who watched the play and Mrs. Wightman remembered it differently. the number one player for the Wightman Cup competitions had not yet been selected. And so Mrs. Wightman arranged for Wills to play Marble for the number one spot on the team. Marble did in fact take the first two games, but then Wills surged back strongly and took six of the next seven games and won the set 6-3."
It's my opinion, thus far, that something caused Alice Marble to begin creating a fantasy world. One in which she beat Helen. She was a spy. She was married etc. Now, I don't have a definite answer. I do know....again I talked with Louise Brough and Pauline Betz and both told me that yes, there were rumors about Alice and Teach. It's possible, that the break up and what followed may have led to Alice to start drinking and try to cover things up. Eg. the marriage. Again, were looking at the 1940s here folks.