Culbertson, Josephine

Culbertson, Josephine (b. Murphy)

(1899–1956) bridge authority; born in New York City. The first woman to play on a Vanderbilt Cup-winning team (1931), she convinced her then-husband and partner Ely Culbertson to concentrate on bridge and helped him devise the dominant Culbertson bidding system. In 1922–30 she was reputedly the world's highest-paid bridge teacher.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.