Monday, August 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Esther !

Esther Williams born August 8, 1921 in Inglewood, California, is a retired American competitive swimmer and MGM movie star. Williams set multiple national and regional swimming records in her late teens as part of the Los Angeles Athletic Club swim team.

Unable to compete in the 1940 Summer Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II, Williams joined Billy Rose's Aquacade. (More about Esther on Wikipedia)

It was at Aquacade that Williams first attracted attention from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer scouts. MGM's head, Louis B. Mayer, had been looking for a female sports star for the studio to compete with Fox's figure skating star, Sonja Henie. Williams signed her contract with MGM in 1941.

Esther Williams and Van Johnson starring in the motion picture "Thrill of a Romance" released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1945.


Davelandweb said...

Her autobiography was a very entertaining read!

Heidi Ann said...

How funny that we both honored her today on our blogs! Yes, indeed, great minds DO think alike. :)
I like your post and photos better than mine.

Major Pepperidge said...

I think that the souvenir program for the Billy Rose Aquacade also lists a male swimmer named "Robert Stack".