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Born: June 17, 1980 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lynwood, Arkansas, USA Profession:

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Coached from a young age by her father, Venus Williams went on to embody the competitive spirit whenever she stepped foot on a tennis court. As one of the most recognized and highest paid tennis players in the world, Williams at her peak continually set and broke records, making her mark in a sport historically dominated by male athletes. Along with her equally powerful sister Serena Williams - whom she often battled on the court - she won several Grand Slam tournaments and won gold at the Olympic Summer Games. Success followed Williams outside of the tennis arena; she launched a clothing line, wrote a book with her sister, and took co-ownership of the professional football team the Miami Dolphins. Yet, it was her contributions to the sport itself - tirelessly advocating for equal pay for female tennis players - that also established Williams as a trailblazer and role model for millions all over the world.

Coached from a young age by her father, Venus Williams went on to embody the competitive spirit whenever she stepped foot on a tennis court. As one of the most recognized and highest paid tennis players in the world, Williams at her peak continually set and broke records, making her mark in a sport historically dominated by male athletes. Along with her equally powerful sister Serena Williams - whom she often battled on the court - she won several Grand Slam tournaments and won gold at the Olympic Summer Games. Success followed Williams outside of the tennis arena; she launched a clothing line, wrote a book with her sister, and took co-ownership of the professional football team the Miami Dolphins. Yet, it was her contributions to the sport itself - tirelessly advocating for equal pay for female tennis players - that also established Williams as a trailblazer and role model for millions all over the world.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Venus & Serena (2013)
2.
 I Love The '90s (2004) Interviewee
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 2001 Essence Awards, The (2001) Honoree
7.
 Fake ID Club, The (2000) Interviewee
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 Laureus World Sports Awards (2000) Presenter
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Began playing tennis while growing up in Compton, CA
1990:
With sister Serena, trained with coach Rick Macci at his West Palm Beach, FL tennis academy
1994:
Made professional tennis debut at Bank of the West Classic in Oakland, CA; lost match to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1997:
Played her first Grand Slam tournament at French Open; reached second round
2000:
Won three of four Grand Slam tournaments ¿ Wimbledon, U.S. Open, and Australian Open
2000:
Won gold medal at Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia; also won gold along with Serena in women's doubles
2001:
Voiced herself on episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox)
2005:
Co-authored <i>Venus & Serena: Serving From The Hip: 10 Rules For Living, Loving and Winning</i> with sister
2007:
Became first woman to receive same amount of prize money at Wimbledon finals as men's singles winner (Roger Federer)
2007:
Launched own clothing and footwear line called EleVen for national retailer Steve & Barry¿s
2009:
Became part owner of professional football team Miami Dolphins alongside her sister and other celebrities including Gloria Estefan, Mark Anthony, and Jennifer Lopez
2012:
Won fifth Wimbledon women's doubles title with Serena
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