She was just a kid when Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in their legendary 1973 tennis match. Now Elisabeth Shue, 53, plays Riggs’ wife in a film about that match, Battle of the Sexes, which opens September 22. “I was so excited to be in a tennis movie,” the Oscar-nominated actress confesses. “I’ve been a psycho tennis addict for the past 13 years.” Her lesson for improving your game? Compete.
“It’s a totally different sport when you’re playing a match versus just hitting balls.”
Fit for Life
“I love playing sports, so I work on my core, back and knee muscles to make sure my joints are supported. I want to keep my body strong so I can play tennis forever.”
Grateful at 50+
“You need to embrace getting older as a gift. I do believe that. One of my brothers passed away when he was nearly 27, so I’m always very aware of how lucky I am to grow older.”
Kiss the Cook
“We grill salmon or swordfish a lot; it’s quick. But marinating beforehand is really important. For my marinade, I often use olive oil, lemon and a little bit of soy sauce.”
“Respect is the bottom line in a good relationship. I’m lucky that my husband, Davis, treats me with respect. And I respect his work ethic, how he is as a father to our three kids, how kind he is to people. It challenges me to be a better person.”
— As told to David Hochman
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