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American Masters: Billie Jean King looks back to the 12-year-old Long Beach, California, girl who played tennis on public courts, observed disparity and, as she soared athletically, never stopped trying to remedy inequality. During her professional tennis career, King won 39 Grand Slam titles, helped form the Virginia Slims Series (pre-cursor to WTA Tour), founded the Women s Sports Foundation and Women s Sports magazine, and co-founded World TeamTennis (WTT). Her competitiveness on the circuit was matched by her efforts on behalf of women and the LGBT community, and her commitment to prove there is strength in diversity.
In American Masters: Billie Jean King, King presents her own story with perspective from fellow tennis stars who played alongside her or were influenced by her, among them Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Ilana Kloss (King s partner), Maria Sharapova, Serena and Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, and members of the Virginia Slims Circuit Original 9.

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Passionate, funny and insightful... --LA Times

...this one is a clear winner. --variety.com

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00H4ZEDL6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,973 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on February 24, 2014
I saw this a few months back and was pleasantly pleased. I mean, I knew BJK was a big deal, but I was a little kid in the 1970s and didn't know all the details. As an African-American citizen, I knew that Joe Louis' famous fight was a big deal that meant far more than just a sports activity. Here, they speak of how BJK's game against an obvious sexist and lazy tennis-playing guy also had much import. They not only have Steinem interviewed here, but also 1st Lady Clinton. BJK was one of the 1st women out in sports. Maybe I'm wrong, but I swear I heard Martina Nat. talking smack about the Williams sisters and I thought it tinged with racial insensitivity. Thus, I loved seeing BJK supporting women of color in the sport. In this era of "post-this" and "post-that," many forget that decades ago, people would fight --isms head on and not deny their immensity. This was a great reminder of that. This doc really put me in a mood to give two loud snaps to this athletic icon. At the Center on Halsted in Chicago, there is a big painting in honor of her. I'm glad the Windy City gave her props like that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wils on October 19, 2014
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Fantastic video documentary of Billie Jean King- a true champion .
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