Dallas real estate icon Ebby Halliday celebrates 100 years



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Posted on March 9, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 10 at 12:51 PM

DALLAS — Ebby Halliday, the grand dame of Dallas real estate, celebrated her 100th birthday Wednesday with a gala event at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

Halliday, who started her practice in 1945, hopes to raise a million dollars at the concert for her favorite charity, the Horatio Alger Association.

"I had a difficult childhood, and I know the value of an education," she said. "It's important to me always to see that a child gets a good education, because with knowledge, everything is possible."

Her birthday party has a circus theme, and not many people know that Halliday was a bareback horse rider as a young girl.

"I grew up on a Kansas wheat farm, and I had a little pony," she said, explaining that she would ride the horse to neighboring farmers to sell them clover and salve.

"He had a broad back, and I would practice standing up on his back at a lope," she said.

Part of the city's tribute to the woman who is instantly recognizable by her first name includes lighting up the Hunt Oil Building with a special birthday wish.

But this local legend isn't ready to retire — at least not yet. She offered this prediction:

"Well, I'm going to live to be at least 110, so that I can finish some of the projects that I have going."

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