VIOLETTE MORRIS / by Molly Schiot

Violette Morris competed in Boxing, archery, diving, javelin throwing, weightlifting, soccer playing, Greco-Roman wrestling, racing.Violette was famous for her athletic and automotive prowess, but she also drew attention by living openly as a lesbian, for dressing in men's suits, and for fistfighting during soccer matches. The French Women's Athletic Federation refused her request for a license renewal in 1927 and prevented her from participating in the 1928 Olympic summer games in Amsterdam. Violette made the news for electing to undergo a double mastectomy so she would be more comfortable behind the wheel. She ran an auto parts store in Paris until 1929.In the mid-1930s, Violette was recruited by a member of the Nazi security service and invited to Berlin for the 1936 Olympic Summer Games, where she was received by Adolf Hitler with "much pomp and circumstance," according to Jean-Francois Bouzanquet, the author of Fast Ladies: Female Racing Drivers 1888-1970. After that, it was straight downhill to an evil end for Violette Morris. It's said she provided Germany with information that helped the Nazis take Paris in 1940. She spied for the Germans, transported black market goods, and was said to be an active torturer of resisters. On April 26, 1944, she was ambushed by a dozen or so machine guns, by members of the French Resistance, while out driving in a supercharged Citroen.

Violette Morris competed in Boxing, archery, diving, javelin throwing, weightlifting, soccer playing, Greco-Roman wrestling, racing.Violette was famous for her athletic and automotive prowess, but she also drew attention by living openly as a lesbian, for dressing in men's suits, and for fistfighting during soccer matches. The French Women's Athletic Federation refused her request for a license renewal in 1927 and prevented her from participating in the 1928 Olympic summer games in Amsterdam. Violette made the news for electing to undergo a double mastectomy so she would be more comfortable behind the wheel. She ran an auto parts store in Paris until 1929.In the mid-1930s, Violette was recruited by a member of the Nazi security service and invited to Berlin for the 1936 Olympic Summer Games, where she was received by Adolf Hitler with "much pomp and circumstance," according to Jean-Francois Bouzanquet, the author of Fast Ladies: Female Racing Drivers 1888-1970. After that, it was straight downhill to an evil end for Violette Morris. It's said she provided Germany with information that helped the Nazis take Paris in 1940. She spied for the Germans, transported black market goods, and was said to be an active torturer of resisters. On April 26, 1944, she was ambushed by a dozen or so machine guns, by members of the French Resistance, while out driving in a supercharged Citroen.