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Esther Williams (I) (1921–2013)


Esther Jane Williams was born on August 8, 1921 in Inglewood, California. Her youth was spent as a teenage swimming champion and she won three United States National championships. She eventually was spotted by a MGM talent scout while working in a Los Angeles department store. She made her film debut with MGM in an "Andy Hardy" picture called ... See full bio »

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Known For

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(1949)
Neptune's Daughter
Neptune's Daughter Eve Barrett
(1949)
Million Dollar Mermaid
Million Dollar Mermaid Annette Kellerman
(1952)
On an Island with You
On an Island with You Rosalind Rennolds
(1948)

Filmography

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 1963 Magic Fountain
Hyacinth Tower
 1961 The Big Show
Hillary Allen
 1960 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Sarah Harmon
- The Black Wagon (1960) ... Sarah Harmon
 1960 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
Molly
- The Career Woman (1960) ... Molly
 1958 Raw Wind in Eden
Laura
 1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Vicki
- The Armed Venus (1957) ... Vicki
 1956 The Unguarded Moment
Lois Conway
 1955 Jupiter's Darling
Amytis
 1953 Easy to Love
Julie Hallerton
 1953 Dangerous When Wet
Katie Higgins
 1952 Million Dollar Mermaid
Annette Kellerman
 1952 Skirts Ahoy!
Whitney Young
 1951 Texas Carnival
Debbie Telford
 1946 The Hoodlum Saint
Kay Lorrison
 1943 A Guy Named Joe
Ellen Bright
 1942 Inflation (Short)
Mrs. Smith
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Starred in a pilot for a proposed anthology series called, "The Esther Williams Show". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 6 Articles | 6 Pictorials | 11 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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Personal Quote:

The popular "Andy Hardy" series movies were MGM's tests for its promising stars such as Judy Garland, Lana Turner and Donna Reed. If you didn't make it in those pictures, you were never heard from again. See more »

Trivia:

Before her stint in MGM musicals, she had been training as a competitive swimmer, and probably would've participated in the 1940 and/or 1944 Olympics (she would've been 18 and 22 years old respectively) if they hadn't been canceled because of World War II. See more »

Trademark:

Being an acclaimed swimming champion, her films usually had elaborate dance sequences involving swimming.

Nickname:

America's Mermaid

Star Sign:

Leo

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