Friday, June 21, 2013

Gorgeous Gussy

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In anticipation of next week's start of the 2013 All England Lawn Tennis Club tennis championship let us remember Miss Gertrude (Gussie) Moran.  In 1949, an era when female tennis players, especially at the All-England Club were expected to maintain decorum at all times, the American tennis ace Ms. Moran scandalized the club and the hoi polloi when she arrived on court for her match wearing a short tennis dress, along with ruffled lace trimmed knickers.  The press photographers had a field day (see above).

Margaret Osborne duPont 1949

The other girls dressed more demurely, gaining attention for their play rather than their attire.  Gussie, however was talented and a beauty. Too bad she preceded the television era.


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