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Esther Jane Williams (born August 8, 1921, although some sources cite 1922) is a retired American competitive swimmer and MGM movie star. Williams 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, where she took on the role vacated by Eleanor Holm after the show's move from New York City to San Francisco. There, she spent five months swimming alongside Olympic swimmer and Tarzan star, Johnny Weissmuller. It was at the Aquacade that Williams caught the attention of MGM scouts. After appearing in several small roles, alongside Mickey Rooney in an Andy Hardy film, and future five time co-star Van Johnson in A Guy Named Joe, Williams made a series of 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. In 1952, Williams appeared in her only biographical role, as Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman in Million Dollar Mermaid, which would go on to become her nickname while at MGM. Williams left MGM in 1956 and appeared in a handful of unsuccessful feature films, followed by several extremely popular water-themed television specials, including one from Cypress Gardens, Florida. Since her retirement from film in the 1960s, Williams has become a businesswoman, lending her name to a line of swimming pools and retro swimwear, instructional swimming videos for children, and serving as a commentator for synchronized swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. As of 2011 Williams lives with her fourth husband, Edward Bell, in Beverly Hills.

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Esther Jane Williams (born August 8, 1921, although some sources cite 1922) is a retired American competitive swimmer and MGM movie star. Williams 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, where she took on the role vacated by Eleanor Holm after the show's move from New York City to San Francisco. There, she spent five months swimming alongside Olympic swimmer and Tarzan star, Johnny Weissmuller. It was at the Aquacade that Williams caught the attention of MGM scouts. After appearing in several small roles, alongside Mickey Rooney in an Andy Hardy film, and future five time co-star Van Johnson in A Guy Named Joe, Williams made a series of 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. In 1952, Williams appeared in her only biographical role, as Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman in Million Dollar Mermaid, which would go on to become her nickname while at MGM. Williams left MGM in 1956 and appeared in a handful of unsuccessful feature films, followed by several extremely popular water-themed television specials, including one from Cypress Gardens, Florida. Since her retirement from film in the 1960s, Williams has become a businesswoman, lending her name to a line of swimming pools and retro swimwear, instructional swimming videos for children, and serving as a commentator for synchronized swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. As of 2011 Williams lives with her fourth husband, Edward Bell, in Beverly Hills.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 52

Birthday 1921-08-08

Day of Death 2013-06-06

Place of Birth Inglewood, California, U.S.

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Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Private Screenings(1 episode)
2002 Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer as Herself (archive footage)
2000 Hollywood Musicals of the 40's as Archive footage
1998 Glorious Technicolor as Herself
1996 The Rosie O'Donnell Show(2 episodes)
1994 That's Entertainment! III as Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
1992 Querida Concha(1 episode)
1992 MGM: When the Lion Roars(6 episodes)
1991 Pebble Mill(1 episode)
1990 Tom & Jerry's 50th Birthday Bash as Herself
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
1974 That's Entertainment! as Clips from 'Bathing Beauty' & 'Million Dollar Mermaid' etc. (archive footage)
1963 La fuente mágica as Hyacinth Tower
1961 The Mike Douglas Show(1 episode)
1961 The Big Show as Hillary Allen
1959 The Big Party(13 episodes)
1958 The Donna Reed Show(1 episode)
1958 Raw Wind in Eden as Laura
1956 The Unguarded Moment as Lois Conway
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show(1 episode)
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater(1 episode)
1956 The Steve Allen Show(2 episodes)
1955 Jupiter's Darling as Amytis
1954 The Jimmy Durante Show(1 episode)
1953 Easy to Love as Julie Hallerton
1953 Dangerous When Wet as Katie Higgins
1953 The Academy Awards(2 episodes)
1952 Million Dollar Mermaid as Annette Kellerman
1952 Omnibus(1 episode)
1952 Skirts Ahoy! as Whitney Young
1951 Callaway Went Thataway as Esther Williams (uncredited)
1951 Texas Carnival as Debbie Telford
1950 Pagan Love Song as Mimi Bennett
1950 Lux Video Theatre(1 episode)
1950 Duchess Of Idaho as Christine Riverton Duncan
1950 The Costume Designer
1949 Neptune's Daughter as Eve Barrett
1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game as K.C. Higgins
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(3 episodes)
1948 On an Island with You as Rosalind Rennolds
1947 This Time for Keeps as Nora Cambaretti
1947 Fiesta as Maria Morales
1946 Till the Clouds Roll By as Esther Williams (uncredited)
1946 Easy to Wed as Connie Allenbury Chandler
1946 The Hoodlum Saint as Kay Lorrison
1945 Ziegfeld Follies as Esther Williams ('A Water Ballet')
1945 Ziegfeld Follies as Herself
1945 Thrill of a Romance as Cynthia Glenn
1944 Bathing Beauty as Caroline Brooks
1944 A Guy Named Joe as Ellen Bright
1944 Twenty Years After
1942 Andy Hardy's Double Life as Sheila Brooks
1942 Inflation as Mrs. Smith

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