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Eleanor Holm
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    (December 6, 1913-January 31, 2004)
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Won a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke (1932)
    Portrayed Jane in 'Tarzan's Revenge' (1938)
    Appeared in the Aquacade at the New York World's Fair (1939)
    She was suspended from the Olympic team for drinking and gambling during the trip to Berlin (1936).
    She dismissed a chaperon trying to enforce curfew with the comment, 'Did you make the Olympic team or did I?'
    She said of her Aquacade appearances, 'My hair turned green from the chlorine and swimming on those cold October and November nights in New York was awful.'
    After the Aquacade ended, she gave up swimming, commenting 'It's a boring sport to do by yourself.'
    Her stormy divorce from impresario Billy Rose was dubbed 'the War of the Roses' by the press.
    She set six records in the backstroke.
    More than half the athletes on the Olympic team petitioned for her reinstatement.
    She blamed her suspension on a personal grudge by US Olympic Committee President Avery Brundage.
    Time magazine called her 'the most beautiful athlete in the world' while Life called her 'one of the all-time photogenic greats.'
    She became an interior decorator when her athletic and show biz careers ended.

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