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Overview (4)

Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died in Southport, Australia
Birth NameAnnette Marie Sarah Kellerman
Nickname The Diving Venus

Mini Bio (1)

Annette Kellerman was born on July 6, 1887 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman. She is known for her work on Venus of the South Seas (1924), Jephtah's Daughter: A Biblical Tragedy (1909) and What Women Love (1920). She was married to James R. Sullivan. She died on November 5, 1975 in Southport, Australia.

Spouse (1)

James R. Sullivan (26 November 1912 - 30 October 1975)

Trivia (11)

She was arrested in Boston in 1907 for wearing a one-piece bathing suit which was considered in violation of the decency standards of the community.
Sister of cinematographer Maurice Kellerman.
Life story was made into the 1952 film Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) starring Esther Williams. An important scene in the film shows Annette being the scandal at a Boston beach for wearing a one-piece bathing suit in public. This act helped change the attitude of female beach-goers, who in the past wore billowy dress-like swimwear instead of more-revealing, less-dangerous swimsuits.
A scene of hers in A Daughter of the Gods (1916) is believed to be the first nude appearance in a major movie.
She made three attempts to swim the English Channel. They were unsuccessful but her determination added to her popularity.
She was a popular swimmer of the Edwardian era.
She was born with crippled legs, but overcame her handicap through swimming.
Died six days after her husband of 63 years, James R. Sullivan.
During WWII in Australia, she produced benefit shows for the Red Cross.
As a child, she was diagnosed with rickets (and not polio, as some false reports claimed).
Her star was added to Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 1960.

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