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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

(1949)
Neptune's Daughter Eve Barrett
(1949)
On an Island with You Rosalind Rennolds
(1948)
Fiesta Maria Morales
(1947)

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 The Tender Trap
Actress in 'Easy to Love' - Movie on TV (uncredited)
 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 Callaway Went Thataway
Esther Williams (uncredited)
 1951 Texas Carnival
Debbie Telford
 1950 Pagan Love Song
Mimi Bennett
 1950 Duchess of Idaho
Christine Riverton Duncan
 1949 Neptune's Daughter
Eve Barrett
 1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game
K.C. Higgins
 1948 On an Island with You
Rosalind Rennolds
 1947 This Time for Keeps
Leonora 'Nora' Cambaretti
 1947 Fiesta
Maria Morales
 1946 Till the Clouds Roll By
Esther Williams - Signing Autographs (uncredited)
 1946 Easy to Wed
Connie Allenbury Chandler
 1946 The Hoodlum Saint
Kay Lorrison
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies
Esther Williams ('A Water Ballet')
 1945 Thrill of a Romance
Cynthia Glenn
 1944 Bathing Beauty
Caroline Brooks
 1943 Sucker Bait (Documentary short)
Secretary - Spy
 1943 A Guy Named Joe
Ellen Bright
 1942 Andy Hardy's Double Life
Sheila Brooks
 1942 Inflation (Short)
Mrs. Smith
 1942 Personalities (Short)
Sheila Brooks (screen test footage) (uncredited)
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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 »

Official Sites:

Official Site

Height:

5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I don't know to this day how I managed to fit into those bathing suits when I was pregnant, but I did. See more »

Trivia:

Aquatic filming had its dangers according to Esther. She once broke three neck vertebrae in a dive; suffered several broken eardrums over the years; nearly drowned once when she couldn't find an underwater trapdoor exit; was almost mutilated by an out-of-control outrigger; and was nearly overcome by waves created by a camera boat that came within inches of her water skis while shooting (pregnant)... 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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