Legendary Aquatic Musical Star Esther Williams Dies At 91
Championship swimmer-turned-legendary Hollywood actress Esther Williams has died.
The star of such MGM movie hits as “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” "Jupiter's Darling" and "Million Dollar Mermaid," passed away in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Thursday at the age of 91.
Williams became one of Hollywood's top 10 box office draws during the mid 1940s to mid 1950s, appearing in movie musicals that featured aquatic stunts.
The California native, who once held the record in the 100 meter freestyle, was promoted as "the girl you will dream about!" in the film that made her a household name, "Bathing Beauty," which was released shortly after D-Day in 1944, making her one of the top pin-up girls of U.S. servicemen serving in World War II.
The actress ruptured her eardrums an astounding (and painful) seven times in the course of her career, which is credited as the inspiration for the Olympic sport of synchronized swimming.
Williams' publicist, Harlan Boll, confirmed her death to the Associated Press on Thursday. No cause was given.
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