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Helen Wills Moody Photo/Video Thread

From the early 1920s to 1938 the "Queen of Snow and Ice" ruled the courts. Her modest attire and attitude bloomed into a regal manner some found off-putting. Her virtual invincibility fed into the desire to see her beaten. After 1927 she would not lose again until 1933-retiring in the third set of the US Nationals at Forest Hills when 0-3 down to Helen Jacobs.


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Wills in 1926.


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A sculpture bust from 1927 by Haig Patigian


The same bust in color. It sits in the San Francisco Fine Arts Museum.





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Her enigmatic personality and beauty earned her the nickname "The Great Garbo of the Tennis Courts."


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Mrs Moody loved Airdale terriers.


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Once out of her teens she always wore a visor and eye shadow.


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Sailing for Europe


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The date for this photo is the late 20s. After 1929 Wills played bare legged. The red cardigan sweater went with on court nearly as often as the visor.


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Forest Hills-with the clubhouse in the background


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Alexander Calder work titled Helen Wills, 1927. Calder is famous for his "mobiles."


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1922: Next to Molla Mallory after getting beaten 6-3 6-1 at Forest Hills. Helen would get revenge the next year.

One rumor had it that Hazel Wightman, a former rival of Molla's, trained Wills with the sole purpose of unseating Mallory from her throne.

True or not Molla heartily returned the favor, supporting Helen Jacobs vs Wills.

Helen wears a "middy blouse" here. This style was popular in the early 1920s, inspired by midshipman in the navy.

Below is a color version of the middy:





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Mrs Moody --1932

Note lack of leather grips on the handles. The grip size on racquets from this era are much larger on average than today.


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Helen Wills as a blonde with long false eyelashes at the Junior League's Mardi Gras Ball in San Francisco, February 26, 1936. Seated with her is James Montgomery Flood III

She was in her second hiatus from tennis after winning her 7th Wimbledon in 1935. It tied her with the record set by Dorothea Lambert Chambers. Helen went to England again in 1938 to break the record.

Martina Navratilova would not shatter this achievement until taking her 9th Wimbledon in 1990


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Paris, 1926. Fashion couture houses in Paris helped transform "The American Girl" into a chic woman,


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