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One of Top Box-Office Draws of the '40s Has Died: Esther Williams

6 June 2013 3:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Esther Williams: Swimwear-garbed star of MGM Technicolor musicals dead at 91 Esther Williams, known for her swimming skills and ability to smile and keep her makeup and coiffure intact underwater in several MGM Technicolor aqua-musicals of the ’40s and ’50s, died in her sleep earlier today at her Beverly Hills home. Williams, who in recent decades launched a successful swimwear line, was 91. (Photo: Esther Williams publicity shot ca. 1945.) Born on August 8, 1921, in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, Esther Williams began honing her swimming skills at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Following several victories in swimming competitions, she looked forward to taking part in the 1940 Olympics. World War II, however, interfered. In the early ’40s, she was reportedly discovered by an MGM scout while appearing as a "bathing beauty" at the World’s Fair in San Francisco. The swimming champion would write in her 1999 autobiography The Million Dollar Mermaid that »

- Andre Soares

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Esther Williams Dead At 91

6 June 2013 1:11 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

Star of the silver screen and in the swimming pool, actress Esther Williams has passed away at the age of 91. Williams died early today in her sleep, according to her longtime publicist Harlan Boll.

Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will pay tribute to legendary film star and swimmer Esther Williams with a 24-hour marathon of films beginning Thursday, June 13, at 8 p.m. (Et). TCM’s tribute will feature 13 of Williams’ films, including her film debut in Andy Hardy’s Double Life (1942); her first starring vehicle, Bathing Beauty (1944); the colorful musical Neptune’s Daughter (1949); the biopic of swimmer Annette Kellerman, Million Dollar Mermaid (1952); the romantic comedy Easy to Wed (1946); and the Hawaii-set musical Pagan Love Song (1950).

The following is a complete schedule of TCM’s June 13-14 tribute to Esther Williams:

Thursday, June 13

8 p.m. – Bathing Beauty (1944)

10 p.m. – Neptune’s Daughter (1949)

11:45 p.m. »

- Movie Geeks

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Esther Williams dies at 91

6 June 2013 10:21 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91.

Williams died early Thursday in her sleep, according to her longtime publicist Harlan Boll.

Following in the footsteps of Sonja Henie, who went from skating champion to movie star, Williams became one of Hollywood’s biggest moneymakers, appearing in spectacular swimsuit numbers that capitalized on her wholesome beauty and perfect figure.

Such films as Easy to Wed, Neptune’s Daughter, and Dangerous When Wet followed the same formula: romance, music, a bit of comedy and a flimsy plot that provided excuses to get Esther into the water.

The extravaganzas dazzled a second generation via television and the compilation films That’s Entertainment. Williams’ co-stars included the pick of the MGM contract list, including Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalban and Howard Keel.

When hard times signaled the end of big studios and costly musicals in the mid-’50s, Williams tried non-swimming roles with little success. After her 1962 marriage to Fernando Lamas, her co-star in Dangerous When Wet, she retired from public life. »

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MGM Star Esther Williams Dies at 91

6 June 2013 10:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Esther Williams, the swim champion turned actress who was known for roles in MGM aquatic spectaculars such as “Bathing Beauty” and “Million Dollar Mermaid,” died Thursday in Beverly Hills. She was 91.

Williams died “peacefully in her sleep,” according to family rep Harlan Boll.

Popular in the 1940s and ’50s for her easy, amiable manner and aquatic abilities, Williams was a shrewd businesswoman who made a series of wise investments for the days after her decade or so of fame had ended, lending her name to swimming pools and bathing suits. Except for occasional commentary at swimming events like the Olympics or instructional video tapes, Williams largely retired after the mid-’60s.

But while she was on top, she was one of MGM’s most colorful stars, appearing in hit films including 1945’s “Thrill of Romance” and “Easy to Wed,” two of several outings with co-star Van Johnson. By the late- »

- Richard Natale

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