Esther Williams Obituary

OBITUARY

Esther Williams dies at 91; athletic star of aquatic musicals

 

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The Los Angeles native and swimming champion was coaxed into the movies at MGM, where she starred in a series of popular Technicolor spectaculars in the 1940s and ’50s.

 

The water, Esther Williams once quipped, was her favorite costar.

 

With her beauty, sunny personality and background as a champion swimmer, Williams shot to stardom in the 1940s in the “aqua musical,” an odd sub-genre of films that became an enormous hit with the moviegoing mainstream, fanned popular interest in synchronized swimming and turned Williams into Hollywood’s Million Dollar Mermaid.

 

The MGM bathing beauty, whose underwater extravaganzas made her one of the most popular actresses of the era, an idol in competitive swimming and a fashion force, died in her sleep early Thursday in Beverly Hills, said her publicist, Harlan Boll. She was 91.

 

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3 Responses to “Esther Williams Obituary”

  1. Jack says:

    Andy Hardy’s Double Life (1942) was not Miss Williams’ best movie but it will always be my favorite Williams picture. Thank you, Miss Williams, for many good memories.

  2. Anne says:

    As one of her numerous fans, I loved Esther Williams , she was part of wonderful fantasies that the younger fans indulged in the 1940’s. Thank you for the memories Esther Williams. May you forever be remembered for your unique talent !!!!! RIP.

  3. Bob "Ziggy" Anderson says:

    To me Esther Williams was one of the greatest ‘Movie Stars’ of all time.
    She was one of the top stars and money makers in the 40’s & 50’s. Her movies were fun and her co-stars were the top draw and most popular. When I was a kid we didn’t go to the movies for heavy drama or Academy Award winning films and actors. We loved John Wayne, Doris Day, Fred Astair, Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, James Stewart and Betty Grable. If they won awards, fine, but that’s not what we loved them for. I can’t compare any stars or movies out there today with those of the Golden Age, so won’t even try. Stars today will not be remembered like the likes of Esther Williams. May that beautiful woman have her own pool in Heaven. God reat her soul.

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