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Masako Katsura
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    (March 7, 1913-December 20, 1995)
    Born in Tokyo, Japan
    Carom billiards player
    Nicknamed 'Katsy' and 'The First Lady of Billiards'
    Turned professional (1947)
    First female carom billiards player to play for an international title
    She didn't get married until she was in her late 30s.
    She spoke little English after her arrival to the United States.
    She finished in 7th place in her first World Three-Cushion Championship appearance (1952).
    She came out of retirement only to be beaten by Harold Worst in the 1961 World Three-Cushion Championship.
    Her father died in her time as a preteen.
    She was a winner of the women’s straight rail championship as a teenager.
    She scored 10,000 points in exhibition play at 19.
    She beat numerous top male billiards players while playing in international competition.
    She did her performances for the U.S. servicemen following World War II.
    She made appearances on ABC’s 'You Asked for It' and CBS’ 'What’s My Line?.'
    He was the namesake for the Katsura Memorial: The First Ladies Three Cushion Grand Prix tournament in Japan (2002).

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