06-06-2013, 01:23 PM #1
Esther Williams Has Died
Swim champ-turned-movie star Esther Williams dies
A California native, she was best known for 'aquamusicials' in 1940s, 50s
Published On: Jun 06 2013 12:57:33 PM EDT Updated On: Jun 06 2013 01:10:43 PM EDT
06-06-2013, 01:25 PM #2
06-06-2013, 03:30 PM #3
Technicolor star Esther Williams dies at age 91
BOB THOMAS, AP
2 hours ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91.
Williams died early Thursday in her sleep, according to her longtime publicist Harlan Boll.
Following in the footsteps of Sonja Henie, who went from skating champion to movie star, Williams became one of Hollywood's biggest moneymakers, appearing in spectacular swimsuit numbers that capitalized on her wholesome beauty and perfect figure.
Such films as "Easy to Wed," ''Neptune's Daughter" and "Dangerous When Wet" followed the same formula: romance, music, a bit of comedy and a flimsy plot that provided excuses to get Esther into the water.
The extravaganzas dazzled a second generation via television and the compilation films "That's Entertainment." Williams' co-stars included the pick of the MGM contract list, including Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalban and Howard Keel...
06-06-2013, 04:34 PM #4Registered User
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Sad to hear
I used to love her movies. As a child, spent hours in the pool imitating her swim moves (I thought). Looking back on it, as this was a public pool, I'm sure onlookers thought I was crazy!! As an only child, I spent a lot of time fantasizing.....and I did fantasize about her and being a famous swim star one day!
Condolences to her family.
06-06-2013, 05:25 PM #5
I saw the "we remember" on TCM today, I thought I didn't know she died
They were quick to remember her ..Another star gone..I used to wish I could be her..Proud member of the food police. Fighting CKD one day at a time