In a time where women were told to stay at home to be wives, mothers, and homemakers a feminist revolution began. One that would change history forever. Tennis star Billie Jean King decided to take on Bobby Rigs in a tennis match to prove that women can achieve anything they set their mind to, and be equal to men. “Battle Of The Sexes” hits select theaters today, and in celebration of this sensational film, I attended a movie inspired “Battle Of The Sexes” tennis clinic, the premiere, and press conference.
The tennis match between world number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs took place in 1973. This film gave me a glimpse into the life and struggles of this superstar athlete, that used her stardom for a greater cause. A cause that is still fought by women today.
Thank you FOX Searchlight Pictures for inviting me to the Battle of The Sexes Premiere and Press conference. All opinions are my own.
In 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. It reached 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. Bobby Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.
I hit the tennis court for some training of my own, and met actress Elisabeth Shue who was cast as Pricilla, Bobby Riggs wife in the film. I was little rusty at first, but I was happy to get a swing in for the movie.
Elisabeth Shue (in high heels), dazzled us with her excellent tennis skills.
Check out actor Austin Stowell’s shenanigans on the tennis court. Austin stars Larry King, Billie Jean’s husband in the film. His sexy pose has a hilarious backstory, but you need to watch this film to find out what is is!
This film is both educational and inspiring…
I will definitely take my girls to see this film. They need to know they can conquer anything that comes their way. They can be the voice for the voiceless and change they wish to see.
It was a true honor to meet Billie Jean King at the premiere. I told her that I loved her story, and I appreciated the fact that she paved the path for many of us and future generations.
After learning more about Billie Jean King at the press conference, I have the utmost admiration, respect, and appreciation for this heroic woman.
Emma Stone dove deep into her character, and brilliantly executed the role of Billie Jean King.
Comedian Steve Carrell’s (Bobby Riggs) larger than life character was just hilarious…
Go support this important film with your entire family! Now playing in select theaters this weekend, and everywhere September 29th!
Rated PG-13 – This film is for a mature audience
Length 2 hours 1 minute