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Maureen Connolly

The Connolly Legacy

Spellbound Pictures of Brooklyn, New York, is working on a documentary film celebrating the 50th anniversary of Connolly's Grand Slam win. In 1978, a feature film, "Little Mo," starring Anne Baxter and Mark Harmon, detailed Connolly's tennis successes and personal tragedies.

"Little Mo was a champion at tennis," nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova wrote in Little Mo's Legacy: A Mother's Lessons, a Daughter's Story, written by Connolly's daughter, Cindy Brinker Simmons. "Had her accident not cut short her remarkable career, we all would have been chasing her records. More importantly, she was a champion at life by affecting others in a positive way."

Awards and Accomplishments

1950-51 Won United States junior championships
1951-53 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year
1951-53 Won three consecutive U.S. Open singles championships
1951-54 Captured all seven singles matches as U.S. defeated Britain in four straight Wightman Cup tournaments
1952-54 Won three straight Wimbledon singles championships
1953 Completed pure Grand Slam, winning all four major tournaments—Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open
1968 Inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame

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