Gail Marquis was born and raised in New York City, graduating from Andrew Jackson High School, Queens, New York in 1972. She played college basketball at Queens College, and in 1976 was selected to play on the U.S. Olympic Woman's Basketball Team, one of only four African-Americans selected. This was the first year woman's basketball was played, and the team came home with a silver medal. The entire team was inducted into the Women's Institute of Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
See also, Ellyn Bartges interview which is part of the Family Memories Oral History Project.