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January 18, 2008

Socialite, Rams Owner Georgia Frontiere dies at 80

Georgia Frontiere, socialite and owner of the St. Louis Rams, died on Friday. She was 80 years old.

Frontiere became a hometown hero in 1995 when she moved the Los Angeles Rams to St. Louis. Georgia inherited the franchise when her husband, Carroll Rosenbloom died while swimming.

"Georgia Frontiere was the first lady of sports in her native St. Louis," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that also praised her philanthropy and concern for retired NFL players.

Frontiere was a fixture at Rams games during the heyday of the "Greatest Show on Turf" teams that made the playoffs five out of six seasons from 1999 through 2004.

"Our mom was dedicated to being more than the owner of a football team," daughter Lucia Rodriguez and son Chip Rosenbloom said in the team's statement.

In this photo: In this Jan. 30, 2000, file photo, St. Louis Rams owner Georgia Frontiere hugs the Super Bowl trophy after the Rams beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in Atlanta. Frontiere, the St. Louis native who became a hometown hero when she brought the NFL's Rams from Los Angeles in 1995, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008. She was 80.

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