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Renee Richards: A New York original

New documentary sheds light on her bravery, controversy and, yes, a few regrets

Updated: October 4, 2011, 4:36 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- There was a time in the late 1970s when native New Yorker Renee Richards was, by her own admission, perhaps the most "notorious" woman in sports. And all because she had the audacity to think that being a transsexual shouldn't be grounds to ban her from playing women's tennis at places like the U.S. Open, or sentence her to a life spent living in the shadows. This was a radical opinion at the time. The passage of 35 years has sapped some of the shock value from Richards' story, but ...

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