Jeanette Lee – a Korean American who grew up in Brooklyn, NY – has long been one of the world’s topranking billiards players.
Known as “The Black Widow” for her ability to overwhelm and devour her opponents, Lee’s road to the top of her sport was not an easy one. At age 13 she was diagnosed with scoliosis and had a steel rod implanted in her spine. For the next 20 years, she would undergo nine more surgeries to strengthen her back.
Despite undertaking surgeries well into 2005, Lee was already earning national titles in the mid-1990s (including the WPBA National title in 1994) and became a mainstay in the international billiards scene by the early 2000s. The 2001 World Games Gold Medalist, 2003 Tournament of Champions Winner, 2004 WPBA Florida Classic Hard Rock Casino Winner, 2004 International Trick Shot Champion, 2007 Skins Billiard Champion, 2008 and 2009 Empress Cup Champion, Lee was previously ranked #1 in
the world in her sport. Her achievements have garnered inductions to the BCA Hall of Fame and WPBA Hall of Fame and numerous recognitions – including Player of the Year – by Billiards Digest and Pool & Billiards Magazine.
Lee continues to dominate in her sport, balanced with an active family life raising six children with her husband George. Lee is a national spokesperson for The Scoliosis Association, Inc., and her natural birth of her daughter Savannah in 2010 was an inspiration to many who live with scoliosis.