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Esther Williams

Esther Jane Williams (born August 8, 1921, although some sources cite 1922) is a retired 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. Since her retirement from film in the 1960s, Williams has become 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. As of 2011 Williams lives with her fourth husband, Edward Bell, in Beverly Hills. Description above from the Wikipedia article Esther Williams, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Aug 8, 1921 In Inglewood, California, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Private Screenings
Latest Project:
Movie Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer 2002-09-24
Known For
Poster of Querida Concha
Poster of Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Poster of Ziegfeld Follies
Poster of Bathing Beauty
Series Private Screenings Unknown 2021
Movie Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer Herself (archive footage) 2002-09-24
Movie Glorious Technicolor Herself 1998-01-01
Series The Rosie O'Donnell Show Unknown 1996-06-10
Movie That's Entertainment! III Herself - Co-Host / Narrator 1994-07-01
Series Querida Concha Unknown 1992-09-08
Series MGM: When the Lion Roars 1992-03-22
Series Pebble Mill Unknown 1991-10-14
Movie That's Dancing! 1985-01-01
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-17
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) 1974-06-21
Movie La fuente mágica Hyacinth Tower 1963-02-04
Series The Mike Douglas Show Unknown 1961-12-11
Movie The Big Show Hillary Allen 1961-05-10
Series The Big Party 1959-10-08
Series The Donna Reed Show Unknown 1958-09-24
Movie Raw Wind in Eden Laura 1958-09-19
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie The Unguarded Moment Lois Conway 1956-11-01
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Jupiter's Darling Amytis 1955-02-18
Series The Jimmy Durante Show Unknown 1954-10-02
Movie Easy to Love Julie Hallerton 1953-12-25
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Dangerous When Wet Katie Higgins 1953-07-03
Movie Skirts Ahoy! Whitney Young 1952-05-28
Movie Million Dollar Mermaid Annette Kellerman 1952-12-04
Series Omnibus Unknown 1952-11-09
Movie Callaway Went Thataway Esther Williams (uncredited) 1951-11-15
Movie Texas Carnival Debbie Telford 1951-10-05
Movie Duchess of Idaho Christine Riverton Duncan 1950-07-14
Movie The Costume Designer 1950-07-13
Movie Pagan Love Song Mimi Bennett 1950-12-26
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie Take Me Out to the Ball Game K.C. Higgins 1949-03-09
Movie Neptune's Daughter Eve Barrett 1949-06-10
Movie On an Island with You Rosalind Rennolds 1948-05-03
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Fiesta Maria Morales 1947-06-12
Movie This Time for Keeps Nora Cambaretti 1947-10-17
Movie The Hoodlum Saint Kay Lorrison 1946-04-04
Movie Easy to Wed Connie Allenbury 1946-07-25
Movie Till the Clouds Roll By Herself (uncredited) 1946-12-05
Movie Ziegfeld Follies Esther Williams (segment A Water Ballet) 1945-08-26
Movie Thrill of a Romance Cynthia Glenn 1945-05-23
Movie Twenty Years After 1944-01-01
Movie Bathing Beauty Caroline Brooks 1944-06-27
Movie A Guy Named Joe Ellen Bright 1944-03-01
Movie Inflation Mrs. Smith 1942-01-01
Movie Andy Hardy's Double Life Sheila Brooks 1942-12-01