With 90 million people watching worldwide, King prevailed in three sets (6-4, 6-3, 6-3), and the match became a cornerstone of second-wave feminism, putting sports at the heart of a national conversation around gender equality. But off-court King was waging another battle, trying to balance her public persona as a happily married woman with her attraction to women. In their new movie, Battle of the Sexes (opening September 22), filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, best known for Little Miss Sunshine, use the match as a backdrop to explore King's internal conflict, portraying her relationship with her hairdresser Marilyn Barnett--later responsible for outing King in 1981--in a series of generous and tender scenes. Here, Billie Jean King talks with Emma Stone, who plays her in the film, and Andrea Riseborough, who stars as Marilyn, about turning life into art, teaching girls to be ambitious, and why the issues of 1973 are just as vital and resonant today.
Especially standing out is a fireside living room sporting doors opening to an al fresco dining area and a large terrace peering over the Pacific, along with an updated galley-style kitchen outfitted with stone countertops, an eat-in peninsula, high-end stainless appliances and a small breakfast nook. 041b061a72