King, Billie Jean, 1943-

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Billie Jean King (b. November 22, 1943, Long Beach, CA) is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles: 12 in singles, 16 in women's doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. King won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships. King often represented the United States in the Federation Cup and the Wightman Cup. She was a member of the victorious United States team in seven Federation Cups and nine Wightman Cups. For three years, King was the United States' captain in the Federation Cup. King is an advocate for gender equality and has long been a pioneer for equality and social justice. In 1973, at age 29, she won the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match against the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs. King was also the founder of the Women's Tennis Association and the Women's Sports Foundation.
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referencedIn Billie Jean King/ Donna de Varona, et al [MLK] Jimmy Carter Library
referencedIn Billie Jean King United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Henry, Diana Mara. Photographs, 1969-1976 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Hearst Metrotone News, Inc., Collection. 1937 - 1942. News of the Day Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1963 - 12/1967. News of the Day (Sept. 12)
referencedIn Center on Halsted (Chicago, Ill.). Center on Halsted records, 1999-2007 (bulk 2000-2007). Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Anderson, Jane. When Billie beat Bobby : teleplay / by Jane Anderson. Ohio University, Alden Library
referencedIn Fox Movietone News Collection. 1957 - 1963. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 1957 - 1963. Movietone News, Vol. 45, No. 54
referencedIn Hearst Metrotone News, Inc., Collection. 1937 - 1942. News of the Day Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1963 - 12/1967. News of the Day (Sept. 15)
referencedIn Fox Movietone News Collection. 1957 - 1963. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 1957 - 1963. MOVIETONE NEWS
referencedIn Billie Jean King and First Lady Betty Ford in the West Sitting Hall at the White House Gerald R. Ford Library
referencedIn TENNIS MATCH: BOBBY RIGGS AND BILLIE JEAN-KING United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn African Field Service Radio Broadcasts, 1973 - 1973 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Remarks of the President to Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe [Ford Speech or Statement] Gerald R. Ford Library
referencedIn NEWS OF THE DAY
referencedIn Universal Newsreel Volume 39, Release 55 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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associatedWith Anderson, Jane. person
associatedWith Center on Halsted (Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Henry, Diana Mara. person
associatedWith Riggs, Bobby, 1918-1995 person
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Long Beach CA US
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Birth 1943-11-22

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