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Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer
Sports | 59 minutes | HDTVPG:Adult Language
She was an intimidating force on the tennis court--and a trailblazing one off of it. Billie Jean King's dominance in women's tennis in the 1970s--she won 39 Grand Slam titles--brought her to the forefront of the American sports landscape. But it was her role as a symbol for gender equality that made her an international icon. This exclusive HBO Sports documentary chronicles the remarkable rise of the tennis legend and provides an intimate look at her private life, including her bisexuality and her divorce from Larry King. Rare footage and archival photos are backed by revealing interviews with Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Elton John, Frank Deford, life partner Ilana Kloss, ex-husband Larry King-and with King herself speaking openly and honestly about her life on and off the court. (TVPG) (AL)
Actors: Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Elton John, Frank Deford, Ilana Kloss, Larry KingProducer: Rick Bernstein, Ross Greenburg, Margaret Grossi