Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Legend of Billie Jean

Billie Jean King made a memorable appearance on "The Colbert Report" last night. (Her reaction to his "out" call was hilarious!) But it was the PBS documentary that aired a little earlier about the tennis and human rights pioneer that captivated me. Although the partial reenactments of the famed Battle of the Sexes against Bobby Riggs were distracting, it was incredible reliving the press conference she held after Marilyn Barnett sued her for palimony, with hubby Larry sitting by her side -- I hope Mrs. McGreevey and Mrs. Spitzer watched! -- and a horrified Mom and Dad in tow. This hard-to-believe-it-happened moment in television history was a pivotal moment in my sexual awakening, which I write about extensively in my forthcoming book, "Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?," out in December. (If anyone knows how to get to Billie Jean, would LOVE for her to blurb me!)

P.S. A friend writes noting that Rosie Casals -- intervieweed in the PBS special -- and Diana Nyad appear to be separated at birth. He also asks if I know of any rift between BJK and Martina Navratilova, because he thought it was strange she wasn't included. Anyone?


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