Helen Sobel Smith

Bridge Player from United States of America

Helen Sobel Smith (1910 – September 11, 1969) was an American bridge player. She is said to have been the "greatest woman bridge player of all time" and "may well have been the most brilliant card player of all time" She won 35 North American Bridge Championships, and was the first woman to play in the Bermuda Bowl. She was a long-time partner of Charles Goren. In a tribute former editor and publisher of The Bridge World Edgar Kaplan said: Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Helen was a chorus girl in her youth. She appeared in several stage shows, the best known being Animal Crackers with the Marx Brothers. Another chorus girl taught her bridge: she took to the game like a duck to water. From that moment on, there was no doubt about her future. Helen Sobel Smith died in a Detroit hospital at the age of 59 after a long battle with cancer. The Bulletin remembered her as a player "without a peer among women and very few peers among men. Helen played like a man, it was true. But she also played like a lady." ACBL Hall of Fame 1995  ( Wikipedia article )


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Helen Sobel
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United States of America


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