FAMOUS ASIAN AMERICAN PIGS
Bringing Drool to Pro Pool
hat a Brooklyn high-school dropout with a steel rod implanted in her spine has done more than anyone to add glamour and class to the image of professional pool says a lot about professional pool. It says even more about Jeannette Lee, the world's most famous pool player. For starters, Lee is terminally sexy. It's not just the sultry pout, the cascading hair, the svelte figure poured inevitably into tight "Black Widow" ensembles, the half glove that lets you see only so much of her stick-gripping hand. It's her attitude. Despite countless championships and a decade of being counted among the world's two or three sexiest female athletes, Lee lives by a surprisingly and unabashedly feminine philosophy.
Her biggest ambition was to marry and have kids, Lee told Goldsea back in 1995 when she was 24.
“I can't be with someone that's just Jeanette's yes-man,” she said. “'Oh, Jeanette, you're great.' It's not that I hate that, but I want to be able to do that to my man. In my home I want to do the cooking, I want to keep the house, I want to be home when he gets home from work. I want to be a wife.”
The philsophy resonates with fans, and the ambition has been realized, albeit several years later than planned. Lee is married to successful professional pool player George Breedlove with whom she had a daughter named Cheyenne in June of 2004. They call Indianapolis home, reflecting Lee's middle-American-cum-Corean (Korean) values. It remains to be seen whether motherhood will cut into her pool career, but even if that were to wind down, Jeanette Lee will have been one of the greatest champions of all time, having won or placed in virtually every major tournament during the decade between 1994 and 2004.
Lee hasn't quite realized her lesser ambition of having a TV series, but she has done the next best thing: becoming a universally recognized TV regular. Thanks to her sex appeal and long reign as pool's glamour girl, she has appeared regularly in TV shows like Arli$$, Entertainment Tonight, Extra!, Late Show with David Letterman, Hard Copy, HBO Real Sports, One Life to Live, Regis and Kelly and the Today Show. She even had a cameo in the movie The Other Sister (1999).
Jeanette Lee was born July 9, 1971 to an immigrant Korean family in Brooklyn, New York. Her father owned a Manhattan smokeshop. Her mother was a registered nurse. At the age of 13 Jeanette was diagnosed with severe scoliosis (curvature of the spine), requiring a steel rod to be permanently implanted to ease her pain. To her parents' distress, Jeanette never graduated from elite Bronx High School of Science because of an infatuation with pool that began at the age of eight and blossomed into a promising competitive amateur career in her teens. Jeanette turned pro in 1993. She followed a strict daily regimen of focusing her mind by watching videos of top pool players each morning and spending her afternoons and evenings at the table. Within nine months, Lee was ranked among the world's top 10 women players, starting a sustained runup to her current sports sex-symbol status.