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Renée (2011)

During the 1970's, Dr. Richard Raskin was a respected surgeon and a nationally ranked professional tennis player. A Yale graduate, Raskin was married to a Ford model and with whom he had ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Drath ... Himself
Renée Richards Renée Richards ... Herself
Josephine Von Hipple Josephine Von Hipple ... Herself
John Poster John Poster ... Himself
Leslie Pollack Leslie Pollack ... Herself
Yvonne Pollack Yvonne Pollack ... Herself
Barbara Krohn Barbara Krohn ... Herself
Jack Dodick Jack Dodick ... Himself (as Jack Dodick MD)
Herb Fitzgibbon Herb Fitzgibbon ... Himself
Donald Rubell Donald Rubell ... Himself
Charles Ihlenfeld Charles Ihlenfeld ... Himself (as Charles Ihlenfeld MD)
Robert S. Cohen Robert S. Cohen ... Himself - Friend
Philis Raskind-Anderson Philis Raskind-Anderson ... Herself
Richard C. Granato Richard C. Granato ... Himself (as Richard C. Granato MD)
Suzanne Geller Suzanne Geller ... Herself - Friend


During the 1970's, Dr. Richard Raskin was a respected surgeon and a nationally ranked professional tennis player. A Yale graduate, Raskin was married to a Ford model and with whom he had recently had a son. In 1976, Raskin underwent permanent, life-altering surgery. Dr. Raskin was no longer - enter Dr. Renee Richards. The Life and Times of Dr. Renee Richards is a documentary that highlights the issues of the modern transgender life with Dr. Richards at the center. Since her time in the tennis spotlight, she has been a hero, villain, roll model and all around controversial figure. With more than 30 hours shot the documentary is a work in progress. Tennis greats are coming out to talk about Dr. Richards and what she meant to the game, including Martina Navratilova, Jimmy Connors. Footage includes US Open tennis coverage, family members including Renee's son, sister and former wife. Written by Anonymous

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The only thing she couldn't change was her desire to compete.





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21 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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Pioneering transsexual
17 July 2017 | by BugisStreetAnnieSee all my reviews

I first heard about Renee - and transsexuals in general - back in the '70s when she hit the tennis courts and fought to be allowed to play on the women's circuit. I didn't pay much attention to the tennis part of her story only the transgender part. I read her book 'Second Serve' some years later to learn more about her.

I found this documentary so interesting, but yet so sad too. Her son still has a lot of issues with her and what she did by abandoning him to go off and play women's tennis. Her sister says she still feels what Renee did by changing her gender was a mistake and she should have never done it. That's interesting I thought because I once read an article about Renee and the interviewer said that he felt it was the male, Richard, was the one raging to come out not the female, Renee. I assume this meant that she still talks and acts stereotypically like a male. So obviously it's not only her sister that feels that way. Pretty much the same thing that people are now saying about Caitlyn Jenner.

I must admit some of the things Renee said was rather bizarre or maybe you would call it delusional. At one point she mentioned how when she would return home to New York to visit her son when he was young she would wear a cheap wig and try to look male. Saying how ridiculous she thought she looked and people would notice this too and apparently stare because of her appearance. It's weird because she never says that about attempting to 'pass' as Renee even when it was stated by the reporter, Dick Carlson, who outed her that he, and a neighbor of his, saw Renee playing in a tennis match on T.V. and thought immediately she was a man wearing a tennis dress. He did a little investigative work and discovered what they already suspected being true. Renee seems to ignore all of this and continues to speak as if people would never guess that she's biologically a male despite what happened to her.

As someone else stated the ending was so very said. After visiting her son, Nicky, it's mentioned he got evicted from his apartment and he appears to be homeless but nothing else was ever said about that. I was curious enough that I looked him up on Facebook and he supposedly is now living in south Florida selling real estate (I believe he was doing that in New York too, so I'm not sure why he lost that job and was homeless other than the drug problems he has). I would highly recommend this doc for everyone despite how they feel about the subject. Renee's life was fascinating for sure.

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