Monday, May 28, 2007

Gladys "Kill 'Em" Gillem - Classic Womens Pro Wrestling

Gladys "Kill 'Em" Gillem - Classic Womens Pro Wrestling

Gladys Wall also known as Gladys "Kill 'Em" Gillem (born January 6th, 1921) is a retired professional wrestler. She currently resides in Pensacola, Florida.

Gillem began her wrestling career in 1942 at the age of nineteen in carnival shows. Besides wrestling men and women Gillem would wrestle bears and alligators as part of her act.

Gillem would eventually find work touring with promoter Billy Wolfe's troop of women wrestlers. In this stage of her career Wolfe used Gillem exclusively as a jobber. She would act in this capacity until her retirement in 1962. After leaving wrestling Gladys Gillem would go on to become a lion tamer.

Gladys Gillem gained additional notability when she was one of the focal interviewees for Lipstick and Dynamite, Piss and Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling, a documentary about the early days of women's wrestling in North America.

"Killem Gillem" named their band after one of the first female wrestlers, Gladys "Killem” Gillem. Not only was Killem Gillem a female wrestler, but she was also a lion tamer and an alligator wrestler as well. The band Killem Gillem formed in the summer of 1997, after the demise of a band called Out Of Order. The lead singer of both bands, Shawn McCoy aka Beaver, is the proud grandson of Gladys “Killem” Gillem.

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