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Esther Williams Biography - Learning To Swim, A Career Change, Chronology, Becomes A Movie Star, Awards And Accomplishments - CONTACT INFORMATION, SELECTED WRITINGS BY WILLIAMS:

women pioneer

1922-

American swimmer

Esther Williams is best known for her starring roles in MGM's aquatic musical films of the 1940s and 1950s—films which are often credited with introducing synchronized swimming to the world—but she was a pioneer in many other ways as well. Williams was one of the best competitive female swimmers of her day, and after becoming a movie star she became the first celebrity to have a product endorsement. She was also a pioneer in the design of women's swimsuits, creating designs which allowed women freedom of movement in the water.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: ew@esther-williams.com. Online: www.estherwilliams.com.

SELECTED WRITINGS BY WILLIAMS:

(With Digby Diegh) The Million Dollar Mermaid, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.

Sketch by Julia Bauder

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over 5 years ago

I realy adore Esther Williams and would like to send a birthday card by August 8th does she have fan mail.

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about 7 years ago

When I was 12 in 1945 photography was a hobby. I acquired a negative of Esther Williams posing voluptuously in a swimsuit and made good money selling copies to other boys at Aberdeen Grammar School.

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almost 9 years ago

When I was young I watched as many Esther Williams shows that came in on our one television channel out of La Crosse WI. Jan. 1987 I began to really learn how to swim at the age of 39 with Ester as my role model. I have been told by several that I swim like Esther Williams. The elegance of her style has been my example and I just want to tell her that her talent continues to inspire many to this day. Today at the age of 60 and a half I swim a mile and a quarter,as maintaince 3 times a week.

I swam 82 laps on my 50th and raised over $2,000.00 for a homeless shelter in Milwaukee while going to full time weekend woman's college. I had an injury that tore my rotator cuff two years ago, now since surgery, I plan to swim 3 miles for my 61st birthday this Nov. 2008, God Willing.



Thanks Esther and may God Bless.



Marilee

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over 9 years ago

As a kid I saw Esther Williams movies 10xeach, studying her every move in those fabulous swimsuits & bathing caps.Esther inspired me to "swim" for health and buying a bathing suit took precedence over every other clothing purchase I made during the year. I had a proud collection of 30+ suits. In 1970s, I met Esther with then spouse, Fernando Lamas, in Los Angeles at Aaron Bros Art Supply where I worked and waited on them.