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Nellya Burres-Baughman
Ring name(s) Judy Grable
Billed height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Billed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Born August 21, 1925
Bremerton, Washington
Died May 9, 2008 (aged 82)
Trained by The Fabulous Moolah[1]
Debut 1938
Retired 1956

Nellya Burres-Baughman (March 4, 1936–May 9, 2008) was an American professional wrestler who was best known as Judy Grable. She was sometimes called by the nickname Barefoot Contessa. She was also known as "the acrobatic blonde with the educated flying feet".[2]


Professional wrestling career


Early career (1954–1959)

Nellya was born on March 4, 1936 in Bolivar Tennesse In 1954, when she was 18, she entered the world of professional wrestling as Judy Grable. She was trained by The Fabulous Moolah in her training school in Columbia, South Carolina.[1] Moolah's female trainees worked in Boston under promoter Paul Bowser, and in Boston, Grable and Moolah were involved in a feud.[1]

National Wrestling Alliance (1956–1966)

She wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) territories through the 1950s and the 1960s. In September 1956, a battle royal was held to determine the new NWA World Women's Champion, but lost to long-time rival The Fabulous Moolah.[2] She tried a face turn but due to illness, she could not wrestle anymore.

Personal life

Grable died on May 11, 2008 at age 72.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Other honoree (2002)


  1. ^ a b c Ellison, Lillian. First Goddess of the Squared Circle, p.90–91.
  2. ^ a b c Ellison, Lillian. First Goddess of the Squared Circle, p.98.


  • Ellison, Lillian (2003). The Fabulous Moolah: First Goddess of the Squared Circle. ReaganBooks. ISBN 9780060012588. 

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