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Jeanette Lee – Net Worth, Husband (George Breedlove), Titles, Biography

Jeanette Lee – Net Worth, Husband (George Breedlove), Titles, Biography

Jeanette Lee (birth name – Lee Jin-Hee), nicknamed the Black Widow (wears only black during tournaments) is an American professional pool player who is best known for her Gold medal-winning performance at the 2001 World Games.

Lee has earned Player of the Year honors from both “Pool and Billiard” and “Billiards Digest.”

Biography

She was born on July 9, 1971, in Brooklyn, New York, USA to a family of Korean heritage.

As an adolescent, Lee was accepted into the prestigious Bronx High School of Science.

She began playing pool in 1992.

In 1994, she already was voted WPBA Player of the Year.

From 1993 to 1996, Jeanette was 3 times runner-up at the World Nine-ball Championships (women’s).

In 1998, she was named WPBA Sportsperson of the Year.

In the follow-up year, she won the ladies’ US$25,000 winner-take-all Tournament of Champions. Jeanette won it again in 2003.

In 2001, she challenged Filipino professional pool player Efren Reyes to a race-to-13 exhibition match at nine-ball, in Manila, Philippines. Lee lost 4-13.

In the same year, Lee won the gold medal for the US at the World Games in Akita, Japan.

In 2004, she won the World Trick Shot Championships and BCA Open.

In 2006, Jeanette was inducted into the Women’s Professional Billiard Association Hall of Fame.

During an interview, Lee said:

“Being inducted into the WPBA Hall of Fame is one of the greatest honors a player can receive.”

In 2007, she was inducted in Pool & Billiard Magazine Fans’ Top 20 Favorite Players.

Later that year, Jeanette won the World Team Cup and International Skins Billiard Championship with George Breedlove.

Jeanette Lee biography

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On March 30, 2008, Lee appeared on Fox Sports Net’s Sport Science, where she pocketed 12 balls in one trick shot.

In February 2021, it was reported that Lee was diagnosed with terminal cancer. “The cancer has fully metastasized into her lymph nodes and the prognosis is dire,” said her family in a statement.

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Book

On June 6, 2000, Jeanette penned a memoir called – ”The Black Widow’s Guide to Killer Pool.” The book can help the reader become an excellent pool player.

Husband

Jeanette Lee married George Breedlove, a professional pool player.

Children

She and her husband raised three daughters, a foster son, and two children from George’s previous relationship.

Jeanette once said about her children:

”I’ve always loved children and I still do.”

Lee added:

”I wanted a future in helping nurture their minds and hopefully always make a difference in a positive way.”

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Foundation

Jeanette Lee Net Worth

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Jeanette founded a charitable organization, named – ”The Jeanette Lee Foundation.”

A part of the money raised through her organization is donated to The National Scoliosis Association.

Height

Lee is 5′ 8″ (1.73 m) tall.

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Quotes

”My biggest turn-off is definitely foul language. Even though I’m from New York and hear it all the time, it bugs me.”

”I think trying to balance my life between my children, my business career, my love for pool, and my health.”

“It’s not about gambling or winning this tournament or that one. It’s greater than that. It’s about the journey.”

”When you’re not feeling it, FAKE it! It’s the best chance you have to stay out of your own way!”

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Titles

Her titles are:

  • WPBA Nationals (1994);
  • WPBA San Francisco Classic (1994);
  • WPBA Kasson Classic (1994);
  • WPBA Baltimore Billiards Classic (1994);
  • WPBA U.S. Open 9-Ball (1994);
  • WPBA Brunswick Classic (1995);
  • WPBA Olhausen Classic (1995);
  • WPBA BCA Classic (1996);
  • WPBA Olhausen Classic (1997);
  • WPBA Huebler Classic (1997);
  • WPBA Cuetec Cues Hawaii Classic (1998);
  • WPBA Penn Ray Classic (1998);
  • ESPN Ladies’ Tournament of Champions (1999);
  • ESPN Ultimate Shootout (1999);
  • Gold Medalist for the United States in the World Games (2001);
  • Tournament of Champions Champion (2003);
  • WPBA Florida Classic Hard Rock Casino Champion (2004);
  • Women’s Trick Shot World Champion (2004);
  • International Trick Shot Champion (2004);
  • ESPN Ultimate Challenge (2004);
  • Atlanta Women’s Open (2004);
  • BCA Open Champion (2004);
  • China Invitational Champion (2005);
  • Empress Cup Champion (2007);
  • World Team Cup Champion (2007);
  • Skins Billiards Champion (2007);
  • International Skins Billiard Championship (2007).

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Trivia

She is also the official spokesperson for the American Poolplayers Association. She said:

“APA Pool Leagues are a great way for people who may have never played the game to get involved in the sport.”

When asked about who dubbed her “The Black Widow,” she responded:

”The owner of the Howard Beach Billiard Club in Brooklyn, Gabe Viggarito, said that I looked like a black widow because I was always dressed in black and I would lure my opponents to the table and then eat them alive.”

Among her mentors are:

  • Mark Wilson;
  • Jerry Briesath;
  • Bob Carman;
  • Tony Robles;
  • Gene Nagy.

During an interview, Lee confessed:

“There are so many others that I have learned from, I want them all to know they were and are appreciated but these names are the ones that I have spent the most time with.”

Jeanette was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 13 years old. She has steel rods implanted in her back. Lee said:

”I was told that my back was crooked, and my doctor was going to straighten it. It seemed pretty simple.”

Jeanette continued:

”Two days later, I went into surgery and woke up in a living hell. Implanted in my back were two 18-inch Harrington rods.”

She currently serves as the national spokesperson for the Scoliosis Association.

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Jeanette Lee – Net Worth

Lee earned most of her wealth from being a professional pool player. For instance, Jeanette was ranked one of the Most Powerful People in the Sport by Billiards Digest in four years – 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007. Therefore, professional pool player Jeanette Lee has an estimated net worth of $0.6 million.

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References

https://www.tampabay.com/jeanette-lee-the-black-widow-of-billiards
https://edition.cnn.com/health/turning-points-jeanette-lee
https://poolplayers.com/jeanette-lee-the-black-widow/

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theodore pettit

Saturday 20th of February 2021

How difficult it was reading your news story . I meet you at the Mohegan Sun in Ct. around the Wolf den . I watched you play and it was a marvelous performance , really it was fun . I spoke to you after . And what I asked was your best advice , and " You said to me, Make a new friend every day " .I having come from Queens, Richmond Hill, New York. My Aunt Emily was a birthing nurse and she served as a Head Nurse in Brooklyn Hospital N.Y. I'VE taken your advice and it always will be with me .I think around 2004. I will always keep up to your progress and pray for your recovery . Thankyou for your gift. Also I was born in 1955. Your a beautiful person and I will ask the heavens above to put the healing into your life, LOVE YOU, an fan . Sincerly Yours .

Maldonado Jr. Sergio

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

In 2007, I had the pleasure of watching Jeannette Lee put on a performance that showed how skilled she really was. I also had a picture taken with her and chatted a bit. She was a true professional and great representative of the sport. Her trip to meet the troops was a pleasant surprise and a welcoming gesture of support to all of us.

Raymond Cole

Monday 27th of April 2020

Not only is the "Black Widow," Jeanette Lee, beautiful and a great pool player, she has a terrific personality, and is really funny. I chatted with her once, in Louisville, while she practiced for the "Derby City Classic. I just fell in love with her!

Nick

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

I played her in a $20 game for charity about 18 years ago. Her smile and charm were intoxicating; while her surgical 9-ball skills made short work of my donation. She is a national treasure in the pool world.