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1919 Glamour

"Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen, 24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938, was a French tennis player who achieved much success in the French and British women's game from 1919 to 1926, winning 25 Grand Slam titles. A flamboyant, trendsetting athlete, she was the first female tennis celebrity and one of the first international female sport stars, named La Divine (the divine one) by the French press."

"At first the book's construct seemed a little odd, starting as it does with an Epilogue that recounts Ferber's death at her Park Avenue home and then working from that final departure from life's stage backward. But both Gilbert's explanation for her method and its graceful and never repetitious execution quickly persuaded me of its absolute rightness. The producer Max Gordon's description of what Ferber was not -- "Well, I'll tell ya, Ferber? She was no schlepper" fitted the biographer's own take on her relative: "Because she never 'schlepped' through life, it seems more fitting to have her descend gracefully back into it.""

"She became interested in flying at age fourteen, and she soloed under the tutelage of Jack Jefford at sixteen. Two years later she received her commercial pilot's license, one of the youngest persons to achieve this rating."

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  • Egypt
  • Jun 4, 2006
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