Jeanette Lee
"The Black Widow"
 
© Susan Dasher
      
(R) Photo From Pool and Billiards Magazine (Japan)

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Jeanette Lee was born in Brooklyn, New York. As a first generation Korean American, Jeanette was raised in a bilingual household which stressed both Korean traditional values and the American ideal of opportunity. Always a good student, Jeanette was accepted to the prestigious Bronx High School of Science with the hope of continuing on to college and pursuing a conventional career. An unfortunate turn occurred when Jeanette contracted Scoliosis. A consummate survivor, she overcame this handicap and had a steel rod implanted in her spine, which she still has to this day. In 1989 however, she discovered the game of pool and her world changed forever.

Almost immediately, Jeanette immersed herself in all facets of the game. In addition to practicing at least ten hours a day, she studied books on pool, befriended old-time professionals and explored other billiard games. In one legendary episode, she played pool for thirty-seven hours straight and had to be carried home by her friends.

In short time, Jeanette’s hard work began to pay off. Nicknamed "the Black Widow" for her tenacious ability to devour opponents and her tendency to wear only black during competition, Lee turned pro in January, 1993 and in less than a year on the Woman’s Professional Billiards Association Tour became one of the top ten players in the world. Beginning 1994 in the number 8 spot, Jeanette opened the season by winning back to back championships at the Baltimore Billiards Classic and the Kasson Twin Cities Classic and then continued her meteoric rise by winning the BCA San Francisco Classic, the US Open 9-Ball Championship and the WPBA 9-Ball Championships on her way to claiming the number one world ranking. She has maintained the Number One ranking for 1995 and 1996

Jeanette’s spectacular performance earned her Player of the Year honors from both Billiard Digest and Pool & Billiard Magazine, while her outspoken personality and single-minded determination to fulfill her dream of becoming the world’s best billiard player have resulted in national recognition as a featured personality on ESPN, EXTRA, MTV, the new VIBE TV, a myriad of local news and sports TV programs and hundreds of publications worldwide including THE LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK TIMES PEOPLE, TRANSPACIFIC, GLAMOUR, CIGAR AFICIONADO and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.

Jeanette’s success, poise and exotic good looks are enabling her to expand her horizons beyond the women’s pro billiards tour. In addition to her endorsement contracts with Imperial international (billiard tables), Sir Joseph and McDermott Cues, Jeanette has been featured in a music video and CD-ROM among other projects. Jeanette’s charity alignments have included activities for Make A Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis, and Aids Project Los Angeles, and many others. She is now in discussions with the Scoliosis Foundation regarding becoming a national spokeswoman for the Foundation. Jeanette just married Billiards Pro George Breedlove in a unique Korean-American ceremony in early 1996, and currently resides in Indiana.

 

 

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