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TCM Spotlight:... Bathing BeautyA big splash in her first starring role: Williams is a teacher at... more info $49.98was $49.98 Buy Now

Take Me Out To... Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly play ball in a big way as 1900s vaudevillians who... more info $12.98was $12.98 Buy Now

Also Known As: Esther Jane Williams Died:
Born: August 8, 1921 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Inglewood, California, USA Profession: Cast ... actor swimmer singer model stock clerk businesswoman
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Like Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe before her, Esther Williams achieved the seemingly impossible by transforming her skill at competitive swimming into a popular movie career. A star athlete and Olympic hopeful in her teens, she gained her earliest exposure to show business as the female lead in showman Billy Rose's Aquacade. Executives at MGM who saw her swimming abilities and pin-up worthy looks signed her immediately to a contract with the studio. There she starred in a series of musicals built around Williams' extraordinarily graceful water ballets. Audiences ate up the ultra-lightweight fare, making her one of the most popular movie stars of the 1940s and 1950s, though her career declined whenever she decided to pursue roles on dry land. After retiring in the early sixties, she parlayed her association with all things aquatic into lucrative licensing deals for ladies' swimwear and swimming pools. Due to these savvy decisions, she enjoyed her later decades out of spotlight and lived to be 91, with her physically fit background likely contributing to her longevity.

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JWishnia ( 2007-08-03 )

Source: The Movie TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME

Contrary to what it states in the Biography, Esther DID swim in TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME although it wasn't one of the spectacular water ballets. She swam in a swimming pool while Frank Sinatra sang.

Magna ( 2007-10-12 )

Source: The documents from Southwest Consulting; My mother; Esthers book.

Problems with this biography: Bula left teaching school to start a business called, SouthWest Consulting, along with Maurine and several other people. Bula had another daughter called June, which she rarely mentioned. Also, Bula's only son died at a young age.

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