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Esther Williams

Esther Williams

  • Born on
    • August 8th, 1921
  • Died on
    • June 6th, 2013
Esther Jane Williams (August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013) was an American competitive swimmer and MGM movie star. Williams set multiple national and regional swimming records in her late teens as part of the Los Angeles Athletic Club swim team. Unable to compete in the 1940 Summer Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II, Williams joined Billy Rose's Aquacade, where she took on the role vacated by Eleanor Holm after the show's move from New York City to San Francisco. There, she spent five months swimming alongside Olympic swimmer and Tarzan star Johnny Weissmuller. It was at the Aquacade that Williams caught the attention of MGM scouts. After appearing in several small roles, alongside Mickey Rooney in an Andy Hardy film, and future five time co-star Van Johnson in A Guy Named Joe, Williams made a series of films in the 1940s and early 1950s known as "aquamusicals", which featured elaborate performances with synchronized swimming and diving. From 1945 to 1949, Williams had at least one film listed among the 20 highest grossing films of the year. In 1952, Williams appeared in her only biographical role, as Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman in Million Dollar Mermaid, which would go on to become her nickname while at MGM. Williams left MGM in 1956 and appeared in a handful of unsuccessful feature films, followed by several extremely popular water-themed television specials, including one from Cypress Gardens, Florida. Following her retirement from film in the 1960s, Williams became a businesswoman, lending her name to a line of swimming pools and retro swimwear, instructional swimming videos for children, and serving as a commentator for synchronized swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Description above from the Wikipedia article Esther Williams, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Filmography

Acting (21 Credits)

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1992MGM: When the Lion Roars
1985That's Dancing!
1976That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1974That's Entertainment! as (archive footage)
1955Jupiter's Darling as Amytis
1953Dangerous When Wet as Katie Higgins
1953Easy to Love as Julie Hallerton
1952Million Dollar Mermaid as Annette Kellerman
1951Callaway Went Thataway as Esther Williams (uncredited)
1950Duchess of Idaho as Christine Riverton Duncan
1949Neptune's Daughter as Eve Barrett
1949Take Me Out to the Ball Game as K.C. Higgins
1948On an Island with You as Rosalind Rennolds
1947Fiesta as Maria Morales
1946Easy to Wed as Connie Allenbury
1946The Hoodlum Saint as Kay Lorrison
1945Thrill of a Romance as Cynthia Glenn
1945Ziegfeld Follies as Esther Williams (segment A Water Ballet)
1944Bathing Beauty as Caroline Brooks
1943A Guy Named Joe as Ellen Bright
1942Andy Hardy's Double Life as Sheila Brooks

Writer (1 Credits)

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1954Athena

Herself (2 Credits)

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1994That's Entertainment! III as Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
1946Till the Clouds Roll by as Herself (uncredited)

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