The Mermaid of the States: Esther Williams
Actress Esther Williams, known as 'The Mermaid of Hollywood', died on Thursday at her home in Beverly Hills, California. CS tells you some lesser known facts about her:
>> Williams was one of the great stars of MGM Studios. She was a part of classics like Ziegfeld Follies (1945), Neptune’s Daughter (1949) and Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949), but above all Bathing Beauty (1944).
>> Her bathing suit-clad publicity photo was one of the favourite pin-ups of US soldiers during World War II.
>> During her film career she appeared in films along with icons such as Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalban and Howard Keel.
>> In the 1950s she was known as “America’s Mermaid.”
>> She filed a lawsuit against MGM, a film production company for use of some footage in That’s Entertainment! (1974).
>> Her film career promoted competitive and synchronised swimming, which she is credited with popularising.