America’s Mermaid, Ester J. Williams.
Esther Williams set multiple national and regional swimming records in her late teens as part of the LA Athletic Club swim team. Unable to compete in the 1940 Summer Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II.
youth was spent as a teenage swimming champion. She eventually was spotted by a MGM talent scout while working in a Los Angeles department store.
MGM created a special sub-genre for her known as “Aqua Musicals”. Her first swimming role was in Bathing Beauty (1944). “Bathing Beauty” was a simple movie compared to her later big splashes such as Million Dollar Mermaid (1952), co-starring Victor Mature and Walter Pidgeon. Esther Williams was often called “America’s Mermaid”, as it appeared that she could stay underwater forever!
Williams was born 8 August 1921, Los Angeles. She died at the age of 91 on 6 June 2013, Beverly Hills, LA California, USA.
A homage to Hollywod´s Princess Mermaid, Esther Williams.
Music by James Horner from the Krull soundtrack. Enjoy!
By: Tina Holth