Tennis legend Billie Jean King is celebrating her 75th birthday, coinciding with American Thanksgiving this year.
Billie Jean recently hosted a birthday party at the New-York Historical Society that included New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and video tributes from former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Kraft noted King’s social justice work, including her influence on the passage of Title IX. That’s the 1972 federal law which opened doors for girls and women by banning sex discrimination in educational and sports programs.
Performers at the event included, Nona Hendryx, Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles, along with the Girls Prep Choir from the Bronx. Emma Stone and Alan Cumming serenaded King with a tune from “Cabaret.” Tony Bennett, Jeanie Buss, Holly Hunter, Maria Sharapova and John McEnroe also attended the event, and the museum is running a photo exhibit marking her birthday.
Billie Jean King won 39 Grand Slam titles and received a 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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