Born in Centerville, CA on Oct. 6, 1905, Helen Wills was considered the model of the wholesome American girl in her youth. A great beauty and champion tennis player, she won the U.S. Single's championship while still in high school.
At University of California she was a pupil of Eugen Neuhaus and continued her art studies at the California School of Fine art. For many years Helen was the protegée of Senator James Phelan, who commissioned Helen's portrait by sculptor Haig Patigian, which he then donated to the California Palace of the Legend of Honor.
Her book of poetry, Awakening,
was published in 1927; she was also the author of Tennis and Fifteen-Thirty.
Her articles and drawings appeared in Satur
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Who's Who in American Art 1938-41; The Californians, Jan. 1989; SF Examiner, 1-2-1998 (obituary).
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