Billie Jean King

by bearboy on January 5, 2015

Glamour's 25th Anniversary Women Of The Year Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Billie Jean Moffitt

Place of Birth: Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 22, 1943

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish

Billie Jean King is an American professional tennis player, formerly World No. 1 in her field. She is the daughter of Mildred Rose (Jerman) and Willis Jefferson Moffitt. Her brother is Major League Baseball pitcher Randy Moffitt. Her surname is from her former husband, tennis player Larry King.

“The American Woman” won Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1975. Billie Jean was one of twelve women chosen to represent that title on the magazine’s cover.

Billie Jean’s paternal grandfather was Willis D. Moffitt (the son of Willis D. Moffitt and Georgie Etta Mason). Billie Jean’s great-grandfather Willis was the son of Silas Moffitt and Hannah Johnson.

Billie Jean’s paternal grandmother was Blanche “Gammie” Leighton (born Hazel Campbell, the daughter of Elizabeth Campell). Elizabeth was the daughter of Duncan Campbell, who was born in Kilbride, Scotland.

Billie Jean’s maternal grandparents were Roscoe William Jerman (the son of William David Jerman and Lizzie May Luce) and Doris Mae Holliday. William was the son of Thomas Jerman and Kathryn L. McTigue. Lizzie’s mother’s maiden name was Johnston.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2014) stated that Billie Jean’s genetic ancestry is:

*100% European

Among Billie Jean’s genetic ancestry that was marked “European” is mostly British & Irish, smaller amounts of Scandinavian, French, German, and Eastern European, and 0.1% Ashkenazi Jewish.

Sources: Genealogies of Billie Jean King –

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