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Spirit/Will/Loss The Movie. In development, 2014

Brisendine, Steve. Still a Fighter: Katie Dallam. ereview: Mid-American's Visual Arts Publication, November 7, 2010.
"Katie Dallam’s artwork needs no qualifiers, no sympathy votes, no special stickers exempting it from critical viewing. It stands, uncompromisingly, on its own merits."

Przdirek, Ondrej. Strokes of Death: Brush of Life. Campus Ledger (Johnson County Community College), p. 15.

Rick Lyman. Far From Hollywood , Boxer Whose Dreams Died in the Ring. The New York Times, March 9, 2005, p. A1.

David Usborne. Katie Dallam: Million Dollar Woman, The Independent , U.K. , March 10, 2005.
Far from Hollywood , lives a disabled woman born in poverty whose dreams died in the boxing ring. Katie Dallam believes she was the inspiration behind the short story which led to Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning drama, Million Dollar Baby.

David Usborne. Katie Dallam: Million Dollar Woman, Belfast Telegraph , U.K. , March 10, 2005.

Rick Lyman. "A 'Million Dollar Baby' Who Never Gave Up The Fight." International Herald Tribune, March 10, 2005.

Far From Hollywood , Lives a Disabled Woman Born in Poverty Whose Dreams Died in the Boxing Ring. Red Nova , March 10, 2005.
In the Clint Eastwood version, it was a disgraceful foul between rounds that sent the victim reeling, her head cracking on to a stool in the ring. In real life, it was different, a mismatched boxing bout with the underdog suffering a blizzard of blows to the head before the fight was belatedly declared over.

Claudia Morgoglione. Katie Dallam, dalla boxe all'inferno "Sono la vera Million dollar baby", La repubblica, March 10, 2005.
Molte analogie, e qualche differenza, col personaggio interpretato da Hilary Swank, e tratto da un racconto di F.X. Toole.

Armed Alfonso. Katie Dallam, The Boxer who Perhaps Inspired Million Dollar Baby. ABC.ES, March 12, 2005.

Joe Posnanski. Long Count: Katie Dallam was Hurt Boxing But She Didn't Throw in Towel. Kansas City Star, March 13, 2005.

Rick Lyman (Traducción: Mirta Rosenberg). El Drama Ganador del Oscar: Desgarrador Relato de Una "Million Dollar Baby" de la Vida Real. LA NACION LINE. March 13, 2005.

'I Am A Fighter' CBS Evening News (in conjunction with the New York Times), air date April 5, 2005.
"Million Dollar Baby" brought national attention to a slice of female athletics. But the light it has shed on boxing hasn't always been positive. This piece discusses the recent death of Becky Zerlentes, a 34-year-old boxer from Fort Collins, and includes footage from an interview done with Katie Dallam by the New York Times.

Hanna Tarna. 300 Dollar Baby, Plussa (weekly insert in Ilta-Sanomat - second largest newspaper in Finland), April 9, 2005, p. 32.
Clint Eastwood's movie Million Dollar Baby won four Oscars last Febuary. Somewhere near Kansas City, was a woman who at first didn't want to see the movie. It brought too many bad memories; the story of the movie was too close to her real life. In Katie Dallam's case, the story could have been named 300 Dollar Baby. That's how much money - $300 or 220 euros - that Katie got from the boxing match that destroyed her life.

Million Dollar Baby, Weltspiegel, ARD (German Television),

Sky Tell (Rome), air date April 8, 2005

John Nowak. Auto-retrato Katie Dallam [Self-portrait of Katie Dallam]. Veja (largest newspaper in Brazil), Edição 1901, April 20, 2005.
Em 1996, a americana Katie Dallam , na época boxeadora profissional, foi vítima de uma luta violenta e desleal.

The Fight of Her Life. Dateline (NBC), air date April 25, 2005
Stone Phillips interviews Katie Dallam, the first female professional boxer seriously injured in the ring, about that fateful night and how her story is believed to be the basis for the Oscar-winning film, "Million Dollar Baby."
Viewers can call 1-866-NBC-TAPE for tapes.

Million Dollar Baby [Evening News], KMOV-TV St. Louis (CBS affiliate), air date May 5, 2005.
(KMOV) - "It's said that life is stranger than fiction. Two young women squared off in the boxing ring. Both are new to the sport and want to make some extra bucks. Before it's all said and done, one of them almost dies. It really happened and Hollywood told the story in the Oscar winner for best picture: 'Million Dollar Baby'."
Click here to watch Vickie Newton's conversation with Katie

Evening News. KSHB-TV Kansas City (NBC affiliate), May 15, 2005.

Blood Fight. Paula Zahn (CNN), air date May 23, 2005.

Corbin H. Crable. Former Boxer's Struggle Inspires Artistic Works. The Sprng Hill New Era, June 22-28, 2005.
Katie Dallam experesses her emotions the only way she knows how--using canvas and paint.

Katie Dallam - The Real 'Million Dollar Baby.' Interview by "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr. DogHouseBoxing.com, July 20, 2005.
Many boxing fans may not be aware of the name Katie Dallam. They have never seen her fight, they don't know her strengths or weaknesses in the ring nor will they ever have a chance to see her step in there ever again to duke it out with any opponent.

Sarah Smarsh. Girlfight: Katie Dallam knocks us out with Shadowboxing. Pitch Weekly, July 21, 2005.
Million Dollar Baby was fiction, but its real-life inspiration is widely believed to be Columbia, Missouri , native Katie Dallam. Unlike Hilary Swank's character, though, Dallam overcame her boxing injuries -- not to return to the ring but to become a prolific artist.

Elizabeth Kirsch. Off the canvas: Inspiration for 'Million Dollar Baby' bounces back as an artist. Kansas City Star, August 14, 2005, page G1.
"Katie's pre-boxing works are bright, colorful, even jubilant landscapes that would be appropriate on sophisticated greeting cards. The post-surgery artwork includes monsters, skeletons and anthropomorphic animals that exist, for the most part, in an agonized state. Some viewers to the show have had difficulty dealing with the intensity of the art."

Kansas City Live, KSHB TV 41 (NBC affliate, Kansas City, Missouri), August 30, 2005.

Learning To Live Again Was The Biggest Fight Katie Faced. The Weekly News (UK), July 30, 2005, pages 20-21.
"A wicker basket which arrived at former boxer Katie Dallam's modest apartment in a prairie town near Kansas City contained expensive chocolates, tubes of acrylic paint, art brushes -- and an autographed picture of Clint Eastwood. Katie had thanked the actor for putting her life story on teh silver screen, and he responded with the gifts and a signed photo which read, "Katie, you are an inspiration. Best, Clint Eastwood."

Katie Dallam - Sie Ist Das Wahre "Million Dollar Baby." Echo der Frau (German Magazine), August 2005, page 25.

Jerry Wolffe. Ex-Boxer to Speak on Art's Healing Power. The Oakland Press (Michigan), May 9, 2006, p. A-4.
The former figher will bring her story to Oakland County on May 18 to speak at a fund-raiser, "The Healing Power of the Arts." .... Mona Scott, event co-chair and board member of The Art Experience, added: "Katie's first-hand account fo transforming tragedy into inspiration is true testimony to the healing power of art."

boxing gloves Media Coverage of the Fight (1996-1997)

Darrel Huber. Female boxer seriously hurt. St. Joseph News-Press. December 13, 1996, page A1.

Mark Sheehan. A boxing fan's confession. St. Joseph News-Press. December 15, 1996, page A10.

Female boxer remains in guarded condition. St. Petersburg Times, December 15, 1996, p. 2C.

Female boxer suffering from head injury. USA Today (Sports), December 24, 1996.

ABC sizes up women's boxing. The Daily News of Los Angeles, April 18, 1997, p. S2.
"The most compelling story is how a boxer named Katie Dallam suffered brain damage during her only fight."

"Women's boxing: Spectacle or sport?" A passion to play, ABC Sports, air date April 20, 1997.

Joe Posnanski. Blood sport: Woman's first pro fight is her last. The Kansas City Star, June 8, 1997, Pg. A1.

Joe Posnanski. As women's boxing grows, so do worries; Amateur's head is pinata in brain-damaging bout. Times-Picayune (New Orleans , LA), June 8, 1997, Pg. A33.

Joe Posnanski. Female boxer does not remember the fight that nearly killed her. Buffalo News, July 6, 1997, Pg. 8A.

Media Coverage of Women's Boxing That References What Happened to Katie

Boxing gloveA number of media stories on the exploitation of women boxers have referenced what happened to Katie. As the first woman to be seriously hurt in boxing, her story has become a cautionary tale of what can go wrong.

Julian E. Bailes & Vincent J. Miele. Fatal attraction for the ring? New York Times, May 22, 2005.
For those who have not seen "Million Dollar Baby," which won best picture at this year's Academy Awards, women's boxing is riding a wave of popularity, and not just as an excellent form of exercise and competition, but also as a vogue activity.... This growth, though, has come at a price. Women are being rushed into competition at the professional level, and women may be at greater risk for serious or fatal injuries than men.

Ed Schuyler, Jr. Women's boxing: Sock 'em and sex appeal - and exploitation. Associated Press, April 13, 1997.

Lori Shontz. Boxing Sleazebags exploiting women. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), February 27, 1999, page B-3. (Editorial)
"Two years ago, Anani won a fight by TKO, landing 119 blows to the head of Katie Dallam , who collapsed in her locker room and went into a coma. It was discovered she had never been in a boxing ring before and received her license the day before the fight. Dallam, 37, will never be the same again."
Shontz references an investigation by the Miami Herald which found that many of the women who have fought established boxers like Martin and Sumya Anani are women who have been prostitutes or exotic dancers with forged records and little experience. She states: "If you watched Martin fight Bethany "Foxy Brown" Payne in a pay-per-view bout in November 1996, before Tyson fought Evander Holyfield, you watched Martin win by TKO over a stripper who had been training for only 2 1/2 weeks."
Why Payne? Her trainer told the Herald, "We got a call for a girl to fight Christy Martin. And I saw this one girl walking the streets and said, ' That girl's got some pretty legs.' "
Shontz concludes that these women are not being trained, they are being exploited.

Ken Rodriguez. The seamy side of female boxing: Deception, fraud tarnish women's ring. Miami Herald, January 10, 1999.
"This is a story about the seamier side of female boxing. A story about exotic dancers parading as fighters and one man who trains them. A story about abuse, deception and sex. It is a story gleaned from more than three dozen boxers, trainers, matchmakers, promoters and law enforcement officers -- and several police reports." Discusses the savage beating Katie Dallam experienced in her professional debut in St. Joseph's, Mo

Steve Rock. Kansas City casino site for women's boxing mismatch. The Kansas City Star, May 15, 2001.
This article notes that even after what happened to Katie Dallam, official sanctioning of boxing fights by the state of Missouri is little more than a rubber-stamp process. "Tim Lueckenhoff, administrator for the Missouri Office of Athletics, said his office is not a true boxing commission and has no authority to reject a fight based on its competitive nature. As long as neither boxer is suspended and both pass the pre-fight physical, the show must go on."


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