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Watch: A Trailer for 'Billie Jean King,' the First Sports Profile in the 'American Masters' Series

By Madeline Raynor | Indiewire July 15, 2013 at 2:26PM

Queen of Tennis and equality advocate Billie Jean King will be the subject of the next film in PBS's "American Masters" series. The documentary, directed by James Erskine ("One Night in Turin," "The Battle of the Sexes"), profiles King's experience growing up as a girl on the tennis courts where she witnessed sexism and inequality.
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Queen of Tennis and equality advocate Billie Jean King will be the subject of the next film in PBS's "American Masters" series. The documentary, directed by James Erskine ("One Night in Turin," "The Battle of the Sexes"), profiles King's experience growing up as a girl on the tennis courts where she witnessed sexism and inequality. As she rose to tennis stardom, she made it her mission to play for equality for women in sports. The documentary will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the famous Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs match, which became known as the Battle of the Sexes, and her founding of the Women's Tennis Association.

King presents her own story, with perspectives from Rosie Casals, Chris Evert, Venus Williams, Gloria Steinem, Sir Elton John, Bobby Riggs’ son Larry, and others. The film will premiere September 10 on PBS, making the first time "American Masters" has profiled a sports figure. Watch the trailer below.


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