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American Masters

An acclaimed series of biographies of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and Hollywood stars.

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Fri., September 4, 2015
9:00 pm
(90 minutes)

Althea  

A profile of tennis great Althea Gibson (1927-2003), the first African-American athlete to win at Wimbledon (1957 and '58) and the U.S. Nationals (1957 and '58). It was not an easy path, however. Despite winning numerous titles, she made little money; Grand Slam tournaments, as well as others, were amateur-only affairs. As a result, she turned pro in 1959 and toured with the Harlem Globetrotters; recorded a jazz album; and, in 1964, became the first African-American LPGA Tour member.

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Fri., September 4, 2015
9:00 pm
(90 minutes)

Althea  

A profile of tennis great Althea Gibson (1927-2003), the first African-American athlete to win at Wimbledon (1957 and '58) and the U.S. Nationals (1957 and '58). It was not an easy path, however. Despite winning numerous titles, she made little money; Grand Slam tournaments, as well as others, were amateur-only affairs. As a result, she turned pro in 1959 and toured with the Harlem Globetrotters; recorded a jazz album; and, in 1964, became the first African-American LPGA Tour member.

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Fri., September 4, 2015
10:30 pm
(90 minutes)

Billie Jean King  

A profile of Billie Jean King, who won 39 Grand Slam tennis titles; helped form a precursor to the WTA Tour; founded the Women's Sports Foundation and Women's Sports magazine; cofounded World TeamTennis; and defeated Bobby Riggs at a much-ballyhooed "Battle of the Sexes" match in 1973. The documentary includes remarks from past and current tennis stars Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Maria Sharapova, and Serena and Venus Williams; Riggs' son Larry; Hillary Clinton; and Gloria Steinem.

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Fri., September 4, 2015
10:30 pm
(90 minutes)

Billie Jean King  

A profile of Billie Jean King, who won 39 Grand Slam tennis titles; helped form a precursor to the WTA Tour; founded the Women's Sports Foundation and Women's Sports magazine; cofounded World TeamTennis; and defeated Bobby Riggs at a much-ballyhooed "Battle of the Sexes" match in 1973. The documentary includes remarks from past and current tennis stars Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Maria Sharapova, and Serena and Venus Williams; Riggs' son Larry; Hillary Clinton; and Gloria Steinem.

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Sun., September 6, 2015
12:30 am
(90 minutes)

Althea  

A profile of tennis great Althea Gibson (1927-2003), the first African-American athlete to win at Wimbledon (1957 and '58) and the U.S. Nationals (1957 and '58). It was not an easy path, however. Despite winning numerous titles, she made little money; Grand Slam tournaments, as well as others, were amateur-only affairs. As a result, she turned pro in 1959 and toured with the Harlem Globetrotters; recorded a jazz album; and, in 1964, became the first African-American LPGA Tour member.

WETA TV 26 Logo

Sun., September 6, 2015
12:30 am
(90 minutes)

Althea  

A profile of tennis great Althea Gibson (1927-2003), the first African-American athlete to win at Wimbledon (1957 and '58) and the U.S. Nationals (1957 and '58). It was not an easy path, however. Despite winning numerous titles, she made little money; Grand Slam tournaments, as well as others, were amateur-only affairs. As a result, she turned pro in 1959 and toured with the Harlem Globetrotters; recorded a jazz album; and, in 1964, became the first African-American LPGA Tour member.

WETA HD Logo

Sun., September 6, 2015
2:00 am
(90 minutes)

Billie Jean King  

A profile of Billie Jean King, who won 39 Grand Slam tennis titles; helped form a precursor to the WTA Tour; founded the Women's Sports Foundation and Women's Sports magazine; cofounded World TeamTennis; and defeated Bobby Riggs at a much-ballyhooed "Battle of the Sexes" match in 1973. The documentary includes remarks from past and current tennis stars Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Maria Sharapova, and Serena and Venus Williams; Riggs' son Larry; Hillary Clinton; and Gloria Steinem.

WETA TV 26 Logo

Sun., September 6, 2015
2:00 am
(90 minutes)

Billie Jean King  

A profile of Billie Jean King, who won 39 Grand Slam tennis titles; helped form a precursor to the WTA Tour; founded the Women's Sports Foundation and Women's Sports magazine; cofounded World TeamTennis; and defeated Bobby Riggs at a much-ballyhooed "Battle of the Sexes" match in 1973. The documentary includes remarks from past and current tennis stars Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Maria Sharapova, and Serena and Venus Williams; Riggs' son Larry; Hillary Clinton; and Gloria Steinem.