Billie Leone – Mrs. Baron Michele Leone

Baron Leone

 

Mrs. Baron Michele Leone made a major gift to the museum in memory of her late husband Baron Michele Leone, world renowned wrestler who came to Santa Monica in 1949 and that began his lifelong love affair with Santa Monica. He loved everyting about the city, from the people to its many scenic attractins like the pier, but he especially loved the sun, the beach and the ocean. Mrs. Leone married The Baron (as he became known) in 1955 and traveled all over the world with him. The Baron was extremely popular in southern California during his career as a professional wresetler from the Ocean Park Arena and many Hollywood starlets and actors would attend his matches. Mrs. Leone’s donation sponsored a permanent exhibit featuring highlights of The Baron’s career.