The Last women to hold Women's World Championship, the first original world women's pro wrestling title, akin to Men's World Heavyweight championship of Frank Gotch whose loss to Mildred Burke gave birth to NWA Women's title and one of the pioneers among women wrestlers, she is a forgotten legend.
Debuting at the age of 7 in her father's promotion against her brother, she went on to make a name of her own. In 1932, she was proclaimed as the World Women's champion which she could back up with her strong amateur wrestling skills holding good against women and men, she first lost the title to Mildred Burke with whom she had intense rivalry as she did with Rita Martinez. She regained the title within a month to become the first women to retain the title, something Joe Stecher did with the men's title. She lost it back to Mildred Burke in three months ending her world title reign. She was however in news for her fierce feud with Rita Martinez and Mildred Burke always in contention for the world title till she retired in 1951 going Hollywood.
She starred in a couple of movies till Mildred Burke's fall out with her husband leading to the birth of NWA/WWA world titles and went on to take the title of the original world women's champion which she defended a few times before dropping it to Maria Bernardi eventually retiring completely.
A classic match between Rita Martinez and Clara Mortensen
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