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Esther Williams: "Million Dollar Mermaid" Swimmer And Actress Dies Aged 91.


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It has been confirmed by publicist Harlan Boll that the 1940s Hollywood actress and record-setting swimmer, Esther Williams, died on 6th June in her sleep.

Born in Inglewood, California, she was the youngest of fifth children to a psychologist mother and sign painter father, and gained an enthusiasm for swimming through working at a local pool, later going on to set records with her swimming team, winning three U.S National Championships.

Swimming was temporarily put on hold for Williams as she began to work in a department store to pay college tuition fees which, due to her good looks, included modelling clothing for customers and led to her being featured in newspaper advertisements. Her move to the screen came after she successfully auditioned for 'Billy Rose's Aquacade': a music, dance and swimming show, attracting attention from MGM Studio's scouts.

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Esther Williams - Esther Williams poses in 1985 - Las Vegas, NV, United States - Thursday 6th June 1985

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Esther Williams - Esther Williams attends an event in 1987 - Las Vegas, NV, United States - Saturday 6th June 1987

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Esther Williams - Esther Williams with a guest - Las Vegas, NV, United States - Monday 6th June 1994

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Ziegfeld Follies Review


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Who knew they made clip shows into movies? Ziegfeld Follies is two hours of skits, songs, dances, and jokes from the dying days of vaudeville, brought to us by a who's-who of yesteryear performers. The film opens, believe it or not, with a deceased Florenz Ziegfeld, looking down from heaven, dreaming about his perfect variety show. What follows is that dream, put to film.

With a tagline like "The Greatest Production Since The Birth Of Motion Pictures," you get a little something like the unmanageable monstrosity that Follies ultimately becomes. Structured as a series of unrelated vignettes, directed by different people (not to mention that screenwriting credit list), it's ultimately just a jumble of parts that add up to less than a whole movie.

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