Esther Williams – A Pictorial


“Which Esther Williams do you want to hear about?” ~ Esther Williams


Esther Williams


“I remember when I first walked into Mayer`s cavernous office. You had to walk 50 yards to get to him, and in that time he could really study everything about you.” ~ Esther Williams


Esther Williams


“No one had ever done a swimming movie before so we just made it up as we went along. I ad-libbed all my own underwater movements.” ~ Esther Williams


Esther Williams and Van Johnson in “Thrill of a Romance” (1945)


“All they ever did for me at MGM was change my leading man and the water in my pool.” ~ Esther Williams


Esther Williams, Van Johnson, and Lucille Ball in “Easy to Wed” (1946)


“I was the only swimmer in movies. Tarzan was long gone, and he couldn’t have done them anyway. He could never have gotten into my bathing suit.” ~ Esther Williams


Esther Williams with Fernando Lamas in “Dangerous When Wet” (1953)


“I think it’s so funny when people think they can’t control a movie star. They can. We’re just women, you know.” ~ Esther Williams


Esther Williams


“I always took it for granted that there would be life after Hollywood.” ~ Esther Williams


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  1. […] Bathing Beauty – Esther Williams […]

  2. […] Esther Jane Williams (August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013) an American competitive swimmer and actress 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. Williams caught the attention of MGM scouts at the Aquacade and made a series of MGM 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. Williams’ films include “Thrill of a Romance” (1945), “Neptune’s Daughter” (1949), “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” (1949), “Million Dollar Mermaid” (1952), “Dangerous When Wet” (1953), and “Jupiter’s Darling” (1955). For her contribution to the motion-picture industry, Williams has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street. Williams left her hand and foot prints in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on August 1, 1944. […]

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