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Swimmer & Hollywood Legend Esther Williams Dead At 91

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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.]

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3 comments to “Swimmer & Hollywood Legend Esther Williams Dead At 91”

  1. shanghai says – reply to this


    She was amazing and as a kid I thought those water routines were as beautiful as any ballet!! Go watch some of her movies they may be dated now but still enjoyable.

  2. Kayla says – reply to this


    I was so sad when I heard she died! I cried! Just last week I received a very lovely, very nice, autograph from her and now she's gone…hard to imagine. She will live on forever though.

  3. 3

    God Bless her and her family. Perez did you even know her before today?????