Date: 15th April 2001
Actress HOLLY HUNTER and her husband had a bust-up while she was preparing to play tennis ace BILLIE JEAN KING - after he accused his wife of being obsessed by the athlete.
The CRASH (1998) star spent four months checking out Billie Jean's court moves from vintage video clips and played tennis six times a week for the part in American TV movie WHEN BILLIE BEAT BOBBY. But when husband JANUSZ KAMINSKI accused her of taking the role too far she flipped.
She says, "I was angry when he said that because I'm sure he wouldn't have said that if it were a guy preparing to play the role." Hunter admits she's delighted with her athletic new look, her new tennis prowess and her muscles - all the result of training hard for the part. She adds, "Initially I was afraid of the tennis balls, someone would throw one at me and I'd duck. PEGGY MICHAEL, my tennis coach, took me through my paces." (KL/WNV/PDD)