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Esther Williams, champion swimmer and movie star, dies at 91

Esther Williams, a championship swimmer who became one of the world’s most popular movie stars in the 1940s and ’50s by appearing in aquatic musicals featuring daredevil plunges from pedestals, trapezes and even a helicopter, died June 6. The place and cause were not reported. She was 91.

Million Dollar Mermaid: Esther Williams

This is my contribution to the Classic Movie Blog Association’s Fabulous Films of the 50s Blogathon which runs May 22-26. I’m thrilled to be participating, and it’s been great to…

Esther Williams

Italian postcard by Bromofoto, Milano, no. 309. Sent by mail in 1955. Photo: publicity still for Million Dollar Mermaid (Mervyn LeRoy, 1952). 'Hollywood's Mermaid', Esther Williams (1921-2013), swam her way through more than a dozen splashy MGM musicals in the 1940s and early 1950s. While smiling at the camera, she was able to do a combination of crawl, breast and backstroke, and was forever blowing bubbles under water, seemingly having an inexhaustible supply of air.