Esther Williams a competitive swimmer and actress

Esther Jane Williams (August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013) an American competitive swimmer and actress 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. Williams caught the attention of MGM scouts at the Aquacade and made a series of MGM 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. Williams’ films include “Thrill of a Romance” (1945), “Neptune’s Daughter” (1949), “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” (1949), “Million Dollar Mermaid” (1952), “Dangerous When Wet” (1953), and “Jupiter’s Darling” (1955). For her contribution to the motion-picture industry, Williams has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street. Williams left her hand and foot prints in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on August 1, 1944.

Esther Williams

Esther Williams

Esther Williams MGM Portrait

Esther Williams MGM Portrait

Esther Williams with Van Johnson in "Thrill of a Romance" (1945)

Esther Williams with Van Johnson in
“Thrill of a Romance” (1945)

Victor Mature, Esther Williams and Charles Watts in "Million Dollar Mermaid" (1952)

Victor Mature, Esther Williams and Charles Watts in
“Million Dollar Mermaid” (1952)

Esther Williams (1956)

Esther Williams (1956)

Esther Williams poolside (1956)

Esther Williams poolside (1956)

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