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Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 08 Jul 2012

Tennis player

Kirsty Young's castaway is the legendary tennis player, Martina Navratilova.

In an extraordinary career she's won 59 Grand Slam titles - her last just a few weeks short of her fiftieth birthday. Her life off the court has been equally eventful - she grew up in communist Czechoslovakia and, as a teenager, threw rocks as Soviet tanks rolled in; tennis offered a way to see the world and she defected to the US when she was 18 years old. After thirty years at the top of her profession she retired - and says she finally found time for the rest of her life: "Tennis really was a total commitment, you didn't have much time for anything else. So, when I quit, I was going through something emotionally that most people go through when they're 18, 20 years old. Really having the time for personal relationships, developing friendships and taking the time with everybody. I think I've caught up by now."

Choices

Lady Gaga

1.

Lady Gaga

Bad Romance

Composer: Redone & Lady Gaga

Others who chose this artist

Georges Bizet

2.

Georges Bizet

L’amour est un oiseau rebelle.

Artist: Maria Callas with the Orchestra of the National Theatre of the Opera in Paris, conducted by Georges Pretre.

Others who chose this artist

ABBA

3.

ABBA

Dancing Queen

Composer: B Anderson/S Anderson/B Ulvaeus

Others who chose this artist

Giacomo Puccini

4.

Giacomo Puccini

Nessun Dorma

Artist: Luciano Pavarotti with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta

Others who chose this artist

Ella Fitzgerald

5.

Ella Fitzgerald

Love is Here to Stay

Composer: George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin

Others who chose this artist

k.d. lang

6.

k.d. lang

Crying

Composer: Roy Orbison & Joe Melson

Others who chose this artist

Bedrich Smetana

7.

Castaway's favourite

Bedrich Smetana

Vltava from Ma Vlast – My Homeland

Artist: the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Others who chose this artist

Giacomo Puccini

8.

Giacomo Puccini

Un bel di vedremo

Artist: Maria Callas

Others who chose this artist

Book

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A pillow her mother made for her

Others who chose a similar luxury

Occupations

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