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Gladys Gillem
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Wrestler
    (January 6, 1920-August 12, 2009)
    Born in Birmingham, Alabama
    Active 1942-62
    Specialized in playing the heavy to World Women's Champion Mildred Burke
    Featured in the documentary 'Lipstick and Dynamite, Piss and Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling' (2005)
    She was expelled from Catholic school for putting minnows in the holy water.
    In addition to other women, she wrestled with bears and alligators.
    She admitted to sleeping with wrestling promoter Billy Wolfe to get better bookings.
    Mildred Burke complained that Gillem bit her.
    She was nicknamed 'Kill 'Em Gillem.'
    Her father died when she was 19, leaving her in charge of caring for her invalid mother.
    Her husband, John Wall, died when a box fell on him while he was working as a Broadway stagehand.
    She won 27 prizes for cooking at the Alabama State Fair over the years.
    Karl Lauer of the Cauliflower Alley Club said she 'could whip 90% of the men.'
    Daughter Claire McCoy commented, 'We always knew mom was different because she did whatever she wanted.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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