Born Mildred Ella Didrikson in Texas 1911, she became America's greatest female athlete. She combined raw talent, hard work, and an unquenchable thirst for winning in a world in which women were not allowed or encouraged to be athletic, competitive, ambitious or to sweat. For us today, it is no "big deal" to have women competing in sports. Not many years ago, this was a revolutionary idea— and Babe led the revolution. In 1953, Babe was diagnosed with cancer. Until she died several years later, she publicized her condition, served as a spokesperson for The American Cancer Society, and raised millions for cancer research while competing as a golfer. Here again, she was revolutionary, because cancer was "just not talked about" in the America of the 1950's.
Written by Maribeth Theroux.
Portrayed by Linda Kenyon.
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