Name: Lillian Ellison
Year Inducted: 2003
Induction Category: Lady Wrestler

The Fabulous Moolah

Her name is Lillian Ellison, however, to millions of wrestling fans she is known as The Fabulous Moolah. This native of Columbia, SC has been a major star in women's wrestling for decades. She started her career under the banner of girl wrestling promoter Billy Wolfe. Her tenure with the Columbus, Ohio impressario was short and when she left she affiliated with another promoter, Jack Pfefer. The years of endurance and determination paid off when wrestling history was made in Baltimore, Maryland on September 18, 1956 when she defeated Judy Grable in an all-girl wrestling tournament to become the new Women's Wrestling Champion. Her days on the mat have taken her from small venues to major arenas aound the world. Her years in the ring as well as her leadership in the field of women's wrestling is worthy of induction into the PWHF. Lillian plans to celebrate her eightieth birthday on July 22, 2003 by competing in a wrestling match!

-Tom Burke



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