FABULOUS MOOLA dies at age 84…sports…
History-making female wrestler dies at 84
In from COLUMBIA, South Carolina, Lillian Ellison, professional wrestling’s Fabulous Moolah, has died. She was 84.
Professional wrestler Lillian “Fabulous Moolah” Ellison, seen here in 2001, died Friday.
Ellison died Friday, according to Dunbar Funeral Home in Columbia.
Born Mary Lillian Ellison in 1923, she was dubbed the Fabulous Moolah after saying she wrestled “for the money … for the moolah.”
She was a longtime champion and the first woman inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame. Her autobiography, “The Fabulous Moolah: First Goddess of the Squared Circle,” was published in 2003.
Her daughter, Mary Austin said her mother had six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, loved her family and wrestling.
“She was famous, but I never looked at her that way,” Austin told The State. “She was just Mom, someone that was always there for me. Someone I could turn to.”
Ellison grew up in the small Kershaw County community of Tookiedoo, the youngest of 13 children and the only girl. Austin said her mother had six grandchildren and six great grand children, loved her family and wrestling.
Her obituary from the funeral home lists 63 year old Katie Glass of Columbia as Ellison’s adopted daughter. Glass, known as “Diamond Lil,” was a professional midget wrestler for 25 years. She said she was just 17 when she moved to Columbia to live with Ellison and learn to wrestle.
“She just taught me the basics, the holds, how to get somebody down, lock them down and everything,” Glass told The State.
Glass said she will miss Ellison.
“It’s going to be hard, I’ll tell you,” Glass said. “We’re doing the best we can. She was there for me. She’s a very nice lady. I’m going to miss her dearly and I love her very much.”
Thank you AP and CNN News
Rest in Peace Fabulous Moola…it is because of women like you that women are where we are today. Pioneers for women…thank you Moola for paving the way for the rest of us.
~The Baby Boomer Queen~