Battle of the Sexes

Billie Jean King Gets Propositioned By Bobby Riggs In Scene From “Battle Of The Sexes”

"And by the way, I shave my legs."

The legendary tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs is the focus of Battle of the Sexes, the upcoming biopic starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell.

In a newly released scene, Riggs (Carrell) calls King (Stone) to convince her to play him in a highly publicized match that would prove, once and for all, that men are better than women.

King didn’t want to indulge him, but also couldn’t let his recent win over Australian pro Margaret Court be the final word when she knew she could beat him.



Ironically King was a lesbian (though closeted at the time), while Court would go on to become a huge opponent of LGBT rights Down Under.

The featurette below features Stone and Carrell, along with co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, discussing bringing this iconic sports saga to the screen.


Trish Bendix is a Los Angeles-based writer.