Moody, Helen

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Helen Moody
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Moody, Helen Gender: F
Helen Newington Wills
born on 6 October 1905 at 02:25 (= 02:25 AM )
Place Berkeley, California, 37n52, 122w16
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
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American tennis player; U.S. champion 1923-'25, 1927-'29 and 1931; Wimbledon champion 1927-'30, 1932-'33, 1935 and 1938. She was the author of three books on tennis.

Helen was the daughter of a surgeon and was raised in Centerville, in Alameda County, California. She grew up in high society and learned tennis by watching players at the Berkeley Tennis Club; she never took a lesson. She began playing tennis at 14 and a year later won the girls’ national title. Moody’s on-court stoicism earned her the nickname, "Little Miss Poker Face." She had a strong will and powerful strokes, which helped her compile a winning record matched by few.

At 17, in 1923, she won the U.S. women’s singles championship. She won the Olympic gold medal in Paris in 1924, was named Associated Press’ female athlete of the year in 1935 and inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1959. During her remarkable career, Moody won 31 major titles. In addition to the U.S. Championships and Wimbledon, she won the French Championship four times. She amassed a 158-match winning streak, and did not lose so much as a set from 1927 to 1932.

Moody’s admirers included many backyard tennis enthusiasts in the Los Angeles acting community of the 1930s and 1940s. Charlie Chaplin said that the most beautiful thing he had ever seen was "…the movement of Helen Wills playing tennis."

Her three books included her autobiography, "15-30: The Story of a Tennis Player," published in 1937. In 1997, the year before her death, she donated all of her trophies and tennis memorabilia to U.C. Berkeley, her alma mater.

After her retirement from tennis, she acquired a reputation for aloofness and reclusiveness. She returned to the San Francisco Bay Area and continued to closely follow the game.

Moody divorced her first husband, Frederick Moody, in 1937 and married top-notch Irish polo player Aiden Roarck two years later. She then became known as Helen Wills Moody Roarck.

Following failing health for several years, Moody died on 01/01/1998 at Carmel Convalescent Center. There are no known survivors. Her ashes were scattered at sea, and there was no service.

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  • Work : Prize 1923 (U.S Champion, tennis, first of five titles)
  • Work : New Career 1923 (U.S. Singles Championship, age 17)
  • Work : Prize 1924 at 12:00 midnight in Paris, France (Olympic Gold Medal, tennis)
  • Work : Prize 1927 (Wimbledon Championship, first of seven titles)
  • Financial : Best Period 1927 (Five year winning streak, didn't loose single match)
  • Work : Prize 1935 (Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1937 (First autobiography published)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1937 (From Frederick Moody)
  • Work : Prize 1959 (Indicted into the Intn'l Tennis Hall of Fame)
  • Social : Great Publicity 1997 (Donated all of her trophies)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 1 January 1998 in Carmel (Age 92)
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Source Notes

Gauquelin Book of American Charts


  • Traits : Personality : Hard worker
  • Traits : Personality : Solitary/ Introvert (Reclusive after retirement)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Start young less than 16 (Tennis from age 14)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 92)
  • Vocation : Sports : Tennis (Noted/famed pro tennis)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Three books)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Gross motor control (Powerfull player)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Tennis Intn'l Hall of Fame)
  • Notable : Awards : Olympics (Gold Medal)
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (Numerous)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession