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Overview (3)

Born in Long Beach, California, USA
Birth NameBillie Jean Moffitt
Height 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Billie Jean King was born on November 22, 1943 in Long Beach, California, USA as Billie Jean Moffitt. She is an actress and producer, known for Bobby Riggs vs. Billie Jean King: Tennis Battle of the Sexes (1973), Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team (2007) and Out to Win (2015). She was previously married to Larry King.

Spouse (1)

Larry King (17 September 1965 - 1987) (divorced)

Trivia (17)

Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year 1967 & 1973
In 1981, she admitted her bisexuality amid a palimony suit brought by former lover Marilyn Barnett (King won the suit).
Her brother Randy Moffit was a major league pitcher (1972-1983).
She had an abortion in 1971.
She founded the Women's Tennis Association and the Women's Sports Foundation.
Her fame heavily increased after her "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match and win against darer Bobby Riggs on September 20, 1973, in Houston, Texas.
First woman commissioner in professional sports history.
She helped establish the Virginia Slims professional tennis tour for women in 1970.
Ranked the number one tennis player seven times between 1966 and 1974.
First woman athlete to earn more than $100,000.
Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1990.
As a tennis player, she won 20 Wimbledon titles, 13 US Open titles, the French Open, the Australian Open and 29 Virginia Slims singles titles.
She became the chief executive officer of Teamtennis (1989).
The Elton John song "Philadelphia Freedom" was the name of her World Tennis team (1974-1978).
Co-founder of World Team Tennis.
Shared Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year" cover with basketball great John Wooden, becoming the first female athlete and tennis player to merit that honor (1972).
She is portrayed by Holly Hunter in When Billie Beat Bobby (2001) and by Emma Stone in Battle of the Sexes (2017).

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