Thirty years of insulation have shielded Venus and Serena Williams.
On the inside, their mother, Oracene Price, taught her daughters never to read articles or watch television stories about themselves. Their father, Richard Williams, loomed over interviews, often jumping in to cut off questions, protecting his daughters but also preserving an image.
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