Billie Jean King Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Billie Jean King Quick Info
Height5 ft 4.5 in
Weight61 kg
Date of BirthNovember 22, 1943
Zodiac SignSagittarius
GirlfriendIlana Kloss

Billie Jean King is a former American World’s no. 1 professional tennis player who has compiled a total of 39 Grand Slam titles, 12 in singles, 16 in women’s doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. King, who served as the United States’ captain in the Federation Cup for 3 years, was a member of the U.S winning team in 7 Federation Cups and 9 Wightman Cups.

Born Name

Billie Jean King

Nick Name

Billie

Billie Jean King as seen in September 2011
Billie Jean King as seen in September 2011 (Jonathan Exley / Wikimedia / CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Sun Sign

Sagittarius

Born Place

Long Beach, California, United States

Nationality

American

Education

She attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School. After graduation, she went to Los Angeles State College (now California State University, Los Angeles).

Occupation

Former Professional Tennis Player

Family

  • Father – Willis Jefferson Moffitt (Firefighter)
  • Mother – Mildred Rose (Housewife)
  • Siblings – Randy Moffitt (Brother) (Baseball Pitcher)
  • Others – Willis Durkee Moffitt, Jr. (Paternal Grandfather), Blanche Gertrude “Gammie” Leighton (Paternal Grandmother), Roscoe William “Rocky” Jerman (Maternal Grandfather), and Doris Mae Holliday (Maternal Grandmother)

Manager

Billie Jean King is represented by World Team Tennis, League of Team Tennis, California, United States.

Build

Slim

Height

5 ft 4.5 in or 164 cm

Weight

61 kg or 134.5 lbs

Billie Jean King with Ilana Kloss as seen in November 2019
Billie Jean King (Right) with Ilana Kloss as seen in November 2019 (Billie Jean King / Instagram)

Boyfriend / Girlfriend / Spouse

Billie Jean King has dated –

  1. Larry King (1964-1987) – Billie got engaged with her former husband Larry King in the fall of 1964 and the two had officially tied the knot on September 17, 1965, in Long Beach, California, United States. In 1968, she realized she was attracted to women and was romantically linked to her secretary Marilyn Barnett in 1971. Though she acknowledged the relationship after it went public in May 1981 when Barnett filed a palimony lawsuit, she still publicly called it a “fling” and a “mistake”. She remained married to Larry until the year 1987 when she fell in love with her doubles partner, Ilana Kloss.
  2. Marilyn Barnett (1971) – Shortly after realizing she was attracted to women, Billie started a relationship with her secretary Marilyn Barnett. Though the romance didn’t last long, Barnett filed a palimony lawsuit against Billie which caused her to lose an estimated $2 million in endorsements and forced her to extend her tennis career to sustain payments for her attorneys.
  3. Ilana Kloss (1987-Present) – Billie ended her marriage with Larry after she fell in love with her doubles partner Ilana Kloss.

Race / Ethnicity

White

She has English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Blue

Sexual Orientation

Lesbian

Distinctive Features

  • Thin Lips
  • Round Face
Billie Jean King as seen in April 2007
Billie Jean King as seen in April 2007 (David Shankbone / Wikimedia / CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated)

Religion

She was born into a conservative Methodist family.

Billie Jean King Favorite Things

  • Color – Purple

SourceTennis

Billie Jean King as seen in January 2016
Billie Jean King as seen in January 2016 (Gage Skidmore / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Billie Jean King Facts

  1. She saved her own money to buy her first racket.
  2. She had quit her studies to focus more on tennis playing.
  3. She’s an advocate for gender equality and has long been a pioneer for equality and social justice. At the age of 29, she won the “Battle of the S*xes” tennis match against  Bobby Riggs in 1973.
  4. She was the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the Women’s Sports Foundation. King was also instrumental in persuading cigarette brand Virginia Slims to sponsor women’s tennis in the 1970s and went on to serve on the board of their parent company Philip Morris in the 2000s.
  5. She is regarded as one of the greatest women’s tennis players of all time.
  6. King was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987 and in 1990, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
  7. In 2006, the USTA National Tennis Center in New York City had been renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Featured Image by Gage Skidmore / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

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