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Esther Jane Williams

Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Death: Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Cause of death: Natural Causes
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Louis Stanton Williams and Bula Myrtle Williams
Wife of Fernando Lamas and <private> Bell
Ex-wife of <private> Kovner and Ben Stevens Gage
Mother of <private> Gage; Kimball Austin Gage and <private> Beardslee (Gage)
Sister of June Williams; David Gilpin Williams; Maurine Sellstrom and Stanton Williams

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About Esther 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
Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, United States
October 30, 1950
Age 29