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Lillian Ellison Obituary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Lillian Ellison, professional wrestling's Fabulous Moolah, died Friday. She was 84.

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.

Ellison grew up in the small Kershaw County community of Tookiedoo, the youngest of 13 children and the only girl.

Her daughter, Mary Austin, 66, said her mother had six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, 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.

Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press

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