emma stone billie jean king

Melinda Sue Gordon. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox

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In 1973, Billie Jean King, the former number one women’s tennis player in the world, defeated retired ex-champ Bobby Riggs, proving that female players deserve as much respect (and prize money) as men. That showdown takes center court in Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean and Steve Carell as Bobby. Billie Jean told me she never wanted to play that match, but an estimated 90 million viewers wanted to see it. On September 22, I predict crowds will go wild reliving this epic victory.