Esther Williams, Hollywood Legend, Dead at 91

Called "America's Mermaid" for her ability to stay underwater "forever," Hollywood actress and swimming champion Esther Williams died in her sleep at the age of 91 on Thursday, reports NPR.   Williams was famous for starring in a series of Technicolor...
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Called "America's Mermaid" for her ability to stay underwater "forever," Hollywood actress and swimming champion Esther Williams died in her sleep at the age of 91 on Thursday, reports NPR.   Williams was famous for starring in a series of Technicolor...
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Called "America's Mermaid" for her ability to stay underwater "forever," Hollywood actress and swimming champion Esther Williams died in her sleep at the age of 91 on Thursday, reports NPR. Williams was famous for starring in a series of Technicolor "aqua musicals," which were popular in Hollywood in the 1940s and '50s. Her amphibious talents made her one of the most profitable actresses of her era, co-starring with celebrity heavyweights like Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. Although Williams had originally aspired to be on the 1940 Olympics swim team, the war overseas halted her dreams. Instead, she took her skills to the San Francisco World's Fair that same year, and soon after, was chosen among a bevy of swimming, starry-eyed hopefuls in a casting call. The rest is history. Williams starred in films like Bathing Beauty, East to Wed, and Dangerous When Wet, but her success began to decline in the mid-1950s when Hollywood began tightening its budget on expensive musicals. Although she tried her hand in non-swimming roles, she found little success. By the early 1960s, she retired from acting. In her lifetime, Williams married four times. Among her four husbands, three of them were actors. Additional Source: ABC News