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Esther Williams


1922 Born August 8 in Los Angeles, California, the youngest of Lou and Bula Williams's five children
1937 Begins swimming for the Los Angeles Athletic Club
1939 Wins gold in three events at the U.S. National Championships
1940 Stars in the Aquacade show at the San Francisco World's Fair
1940 Marries Leonard Kovner, June 27
1941 Signs a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
1942 Appears in her first movie, Andy Hardy's Double Life
1944 Divorces Leonard Kovnar
1944 Stars in Bathing Beauty, the first movie ever made that featured synchronized swimming
1945 Marries Ben Gage, November 25
1948 Becomes the first star to endorse a product, a line of swimsuits made by Cole of California
1949 Benjamin Stanton Gage born August 6
1950 Kimball Austin Gage born October 30
1952 Breaks three vertebrae filming Million Dollar Mermaid
1953 Susan Tenney Gage born October 1
1957 Divorces Ben Gage
1958 Begins a business selling backyard swimming pools
1961 Appears in her final starring role, in The Magic Fountain
1969 Marries Fernando Lamas, December 31
1982 Fernando Lamas dies of cancer October 8
1984 Becomes a sports commentator for synchronized swimming
1988 Launches her own line of swimsuits, The Esther Williams Collection
1999 Publishes her autobiography, The Million Dollar Mermaid

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