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"American Masters" Profiles Sports Figure for the First Time

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 8pm American Masters will premiere a special about tennis star Billie Jean King. This is the first time American Masters has profiled a sports figure and the program is being presented in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Billie Jean King v. Bobby Riggs “The Battle of the Sexes” match on Sept. 20, 1973.


Billie Jean King, a determined woman who fought for equality on and off the tennis court, will tell her own story along with perspective from fellow tennis stars Margaret  Court, Chris Evert, Ilana Kloss, Maria Sharapova, Serena and Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, and members of the Virginia Slims Circuit “Original 9,” including Peaches Bartkowicz, Rosie Casals, Julie Heldman, Nancy Richey, and Valerie Ziegenfuss.


American Masters: Billie Jean King also features interviews with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, friend and fellow activist Sir Elton John, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Bobby Riggs’ son Larry and “Battle of the Sexes” trainer Lornie Kuhle, King’s brother Randy Moffitt and ex-husband Larry King, and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser to President Obama, who chose King as the first female athlete to be awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. King is also a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.


Join us on September 10th on CET and ThinkTV16 to look back at the 12-year-old California girl who played on public tennis court and fought her way to win 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women's doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles all while pushing for equality for women athletes everywhere.


We’d also love for you to connect with us on social media! If you remember who you picked to win the “Battle of the Sexes,” tell us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest with the hashtags #TalkToThinkTV or #TalkToCET.

Posted on: 09/05/2013 • Programs

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