- NAME: Esther Williams
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Entrepreneur, Pin-up, Professional Swimmer
- BIRTH DATE: August 08, 1921
- DEATH DATE: June 06, 2013
- Did You Know?: Williams served as a color commentator during the 1984 Olympic Games, held in Los Angeles.
- Did You Know?: Williams designed her own swimsuit line and lent her name to a brand of backyard swimming pools.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Los Angeles, California
- PLACE OF DEATH: Beverly Hills, California
- Full Name: Esther Jane Williams
- Nickname: "America's Mermaid"
- AKA: Esther Williams
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Esther Williams, nicknamed "America's Mermaid," was an American actress who helped popularize synchronized swimming through a string of hugely popular films in the 1940s and '50s.
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In the 1960s, Esther Williams had almost completely stepped out of the limelight. At the request of her third husband, actor Fernando Lamas, she stopped acting. (The couple stayed together until his death in 1982.) Instead of performing, Williams focused on a number of business interests. After endorsing swimsuits in the 1940s and '50s, she designed her own swimsuit line,
the Esther Williams Swimsuit Collection. She also put her name on a line of backyard swimming pools. Both businesses are still thriving today.
Williams remained an active businesswoman in her later years, despite suffering a stroke in 2007. The health setback didn't slow Williams down for long. In time, she recovered and returned to swimming.
Williams spent the last years of her life in Beverly Hills, California, with fourth husband Edward Bell. She died on June 6, 2013, at the age of 91, in Beverly Hills, California, and was survived by her three children from second husband Ben Gage.
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