Ann Calvello, a spirited and wild personality of roller derby whose outrageously dyed hair and brawling competitive style made her a Bay Area icon, died Tuesday in a Peninsula hospital after a brief battle with cancer. She was 76.
On February 27, 2006, Calvello was featured in an episode of the reality television show Rollergirls that was broadcast on the A&E Network. In the episode, filmed in 2005, members of the Texas Roller Derby league travel to California in search of their hero.
Calvello last resided in San Bruno, California with her cats. She never officially retired from roller derby, but had not competed since 2000. In early 2006, she was diagnosed with liver cancer, and passed away soon after.
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