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King, Billie Jean (nee Moffitt)

Born: 1943 AD
Currently alive, at 71 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Tennis Player


1943 - Born on November 22nd in Long Beach, California. An American tennis player who defeated Bobby Riggs in '73 Battle of the Sexes.

1965 - Married Lawrence "Larry" King on September 17th. Their relationship lasted for 20 years after being rumored with being a lesbian.

1967 - Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.

1970 - She helped establish the Virginia Slims professional tennis tour for women.

1971 - She had an abortion.

1972 - She was featured in Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year.

1974-1978 - The Elton John song "Philadelphia Freedom" was the name of her World Tennis team.

1981 - She admitted her bisexuality amid a palimony suit brought by former lover Marilyn Barnett (King won the suit).

1987 - She was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

1989 - She became the chief executive officer of Teamtennis.

1990 - She was inducted in the National Women's Hall of Fame.

1999 - Became the member of the boarad of Philip Morris.


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