So sad! Esther Williams passed away in her sleep Thursday.
She was 91.
The silver screen star's route to Hollywood was an unusual one, and it led straight through the water.
The phenomenal swimmer's Olympics dreams were dashed by World War II, but she used her skills to get a job in the popular Aquacade swimming and dance tour.
There her bright personality and knockout looks were spotted right away by MGM scouts, and soon she was starring in films such as Million Dollar Mermaid and Dangerous When Wet.
Over her storied career, Esther starred opposite Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bob Hope.
She never made it to the Olympics, but her onscreen aquatic feats are partially to thank for inspiring the event of synchronized swimming, for which Esther served as a commentator.
The Bathing Beauty may never be matched, in the water or on film.
[Image via Classic Cinema Images.]