Emma Stone and Steve Carell in 'Battle of the Sexes'

Erica Roy
September 21, 2017

"I benefited in a big way from therapy", Stone said. Jonesing for the action - and attention - of the sport he left, he challenges King to an exhibition match, which turns into a giant event at the Houston Astrodome, its showbiz and pageantry broadcast in prime time by Howard Cosell.

"I was a very, very, very anxious child and I had a lot of panic attacks", she said. She continues to support women in sports through her Women's Sports Foundation, as well as helps others through her involvement with her good friend Elton John's AIDS Foundation.

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This is all complicated by the fact that Billie Jean is married, to the cigarette-ad handsome Larry (Austin Stowell), and Simon Beaufoy's script is admirably sympathetic towards Larry and his feeling of betrayal; it would've been so easy to make him the villain.

She styled her blonde locked in an updo opting to leave face framing pieces loose in waves  Emma Billie Jean and Elisabeth Shue
She styled her blonde locked in an updo opting to leave face framing pieces loose in waves Emma Billie Jean and Elisabeth Shue

"I was nine and I was in therapy". But it's also a reminder that when they're seeking out screenwriters to tell women's stories, they might ought to consider occasionally hiring a woman to do it. "It's really great artistry, with my shoes and then this is anxiety here". In the film, when King approaches the president of the USLTA, Jack Kramer (Bill Pullman), for a raise in pay for female players, there's a folder of papers on the table.

Stone, who could now see herself up for another Oscar nomination 12 months after winning her first, is brilliant as King although some of her best scenes were the always excellent British actress Andrea Riseborough as her lover Marilyn Barnett.

"I wanted it that way", she says about the lesbian content, on the phone from Los Angeles after the film's premiere at TIFF last week.

"We think of Billie Jean as this courageous fighter for equality". On September 20, 1973, women's tennis star faced off against Bobby Riggs in an exhibition match. Riggs' gambling, meanwhile, has strained his marriage and left his wealthy wife (Elisabeth Shue) at her wits end.

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