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Esther Williams Biography

Learning To Swim, A Career Change, Chronology, Becomes A Movie Star, Awards And AccomplishmentsCONTACT INFORMATION, SELECTED WRITINGS BY WILLIAMS:


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.


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


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

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Famous Sports StarsSwimming