Esther Jane Williams (August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013) was an American competitive swimmer and actress. Williams set multiple national and regional swimming records in her late teens as part of the Los Angeles Athletic Club swim team.
Esther Jane Williams was born on August 8, 1921 in Inglewood, California. Her youth was spent as a teenage swimming champion and she won three United States National championships. She eventually was spotted by a MGM talent scout while working in a Los Angeles department store. She made her film debut with MGM in an "Andy Hardy" picture called...
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Esther Williams, in full Esther Jane Williams, (born August 8, 1921, Inglewood, California, U.S.—died June 6, 2013, Beverly Hills, California), American swimming champion who became one of the most popular and profitable Hollywood movie stars of the 1940s and ’50s.
Esther Jane Williams was born on August 8, 1921 in Inglewood, California. Her youth was spent as a teenage swimming champion and she won three United States National championships. She eventually was spotted by a MGM talent scout while working in a Los Angeles department store.
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Esther Williams is the youngest child of Louis Stanton Williams and Bula Myrtle born on August 8, 1921. Her father died in 1929 due to colon burst. In 1935, her mother invited Buddy McClure to live with them after he lost his mother. However, on one night when the rest of the family had left to visit relatives, he raped her forcing her mother to banish him from their home. She enrolled at Washington High School in Los Angeles where she graduated in 1939. While at school, she served as a class vice president and later as President. After her high school graduation, she could not enrol at the University of California due to a D she had in algebra. She chose to attend Los Angeles City College where she retook the course. Esther Williamsworked as a stroke girl to earn money for her tuition fee and modelled for clothing’s in a department store.
During her youth, Esther Williamswas a passionate swimmer. She took a job for towel counting at the local pool to save enough money as the entry fee. In 1939, her Medley team set a record for the 300-yard relay at the Los Angeles Athletic Club and won the 100-meter freestyle in 1 minute 09.0 seconds. At the age of 16, Williams had garnered three US national championships in breaststroke and freestyle swimming. Later on, she joined the Aquade Show as a replacement for Eleanor Holm. She partnered with an Olympic swimmer, Johnny Weissmuller in the Golden Gate International Exposition until the show ended on September 29, 1940. In 1941, Esther Williams signed a contract withMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer which entailed getting a guest pass to Beverly Hills Hotelwhich contained a pool. This agreement provided to her an opportunity to swim every day and make appearances on camera, acting, singing and dancing. After the World War broke, Williams took hospital tours until the1950’s. In 1940, William s...
Esther Williams married Leonarda Kovner on June 27, 1940, but they divorced on September 12, 1944. Later on November 27, 1947, she married Ben Gage and had three children who they divorced in April 1959. On December 31, 1969, Esther married Fernando Lamas until his death on October 8, 1982. Later on October 24, 1994, she married Edward Belland resided in Beverly Hills.
During the 22nd Grammy Awards in 1949, Esther Williams won with 'a Baby; it's cold Outside' which won Academy Award for Best Original Song. She earned a Henrietta Awardfor World Film Favorite Female in 1952.
Esther Williams died at the age of 91 on June 6, 2013, due to natural causes and was cremated while her ashes were thrown in the Pacific Ocean.
Jun 11, 2019 · Bathing Beauty is a 1944 musical starring Red Skelton, Basil Rathbone and Esther Williams and directed by George Sidney. Although this was not Williams' screen debut, it was her first Technicolor... more on Wikipedia 8 13
Jun 06, 2013 · LOS ANGELES (AP) - Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor music als of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91. Williams's died...