|From the tennis court to the courtroom, Billie Jean King has been invited to make a guest starring appearance on NBC's "Law & Order."|
According to the AP, the Dick Wolf drama's stars, Jerry Orbach and Sam Waterston, extended the invite during Monday night's (Oct. 20) Women's Sports Foundation awards dinner in New York City. King is the founder and honorary chair of the foundation and an award bearing her name was presented to golfer Nancy Lopez at the event.
King will play a judge in her "Law & Order" appearance, which has neither a shooting date nor an air date thus far. Her television acting credits are limited to a 1999 guest shot on HBO's "Arli$$." However, she starred in one of the great television events of the 1970s when she trounced aging Bobby Riggs in 1973's "Battle of the Sexes."
The first female athlete to earn over $100,000 in a year and the first woman named "Sportsperson of the Year" by Sports Illustrated, King won each jewel of tennis' Grand Slam (including six Wimbledon singles titles) and was the No. 1 women's tennis player in the world on five different occasions.