Esther Jane Williams (1921 - 2013) MP

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Managed by: Tammy Swingle (Tucker)
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About Esther Jane Williams

Esther Jane Williams (August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013)[1][2] was an American competitive swimmer and MGM movie actress.

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, she joined Billy Rose's Aquacade, where she took on the role vacated by Eleanor Holm after the show's move from New York City to San Francisco. While in the city, she spent five months swimming alongside Olympic gold medal winner and Tarzan star, Johnny Weissmuller.[3] It was at the Aquacade that Williams caught the attention of MGM scouts. After appearing in several small roles, alongside Mickey Rooney in an Andy Hardy film, and future five time co-star Van Johnson in A Guy Named Joe, Williams made a series of films in the 1940s and early 1950s known as "aquamusicals", which featured elaborate performances with synchronized swimming and diving.


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Esther Williams's Timeline

August 8, 1921
June 27, 1940
Age 18
Los Altos, Santa Clara, California, United States
September 12, 1944
Age 23
November 25, 1945
Age 24
October 30, 1950
Age 29
April, 1959
Age 37
December 31, 1969
Age 48
October 24, 1994
Age 73