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Esther Williams

Swimming Legend/Movie Star ...

Dead at 91

6/6/2013 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Esther Williams
-- the HUGE movie star who became internationally famous with her spectacular, synchronized swimming routines -- is now making a splash ... in heaven.  She died today, at 91.

Williams starred in countless swimsuit spectaculars in the 40's and 50's --  "aquamusicals" as they were called -- where MGM honchos made any excuse to get her girl-next-door good looks and bangin' bod into the water.  Movies like "Neptune's Daughter" and "Dangerous When Wet" were every guy's wet dream.

Esther started as a legit competitive swimmer, smashing records in her late teens ... but she missed the 1940 Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II. So she joined a music, dance and swimming show in San Fran ... where for five months she swam alongside Olympic swimmer and "Tarzan" star Johnny Weissmuller ... and that's where she caught the eye of Hollywood scouts.

In her later years, Williams lent her name to swimwear and other pool-related products, and was a commentator for synchronized swimming at the '84 Olympics.

That chick really knew how to sync and swim.




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RIP Esther.

Many here are not old enough to remember the fantastic movies you made or just how effortless you made swimming appear. If you get the chance to see some of the old movies, take the time to watch them. Beautiful and it took a great athlete to make it look so easy.

472 days ago


Not only swim wear, she also sold her name to a line of swimming pools in the 1960...'s. Smart lady who milked her name and good looks for all it was worth. It didn't hurt that she had an amazing rack in a swim suit. (oYo)

472 days ago


RIP Esther,
I love setting with my dog and watching old movies on AMC it is sad that one more great actor is gone.

472 days ago


She was also married to Fernando Lamas, and is the step-mother of Lorenzo Lamas.

472 days ago


She was a beautiful lady and a humble star!..she's one of the last of the great MGM stars!..her films were great! RIP..all that's left yet from that MGM studio era are Mickey Rooney and Debbie Reynolds!..

472 days ago


They don't make them like Esther anymore! She led a scandal free life. I often wonder what her life was like, with volatile Fernando Lamas.(he was a romantic lead actor, i n case you don't know.) She was special. Another great has left us.

472 days ago


What an awesome broad she was! Lovely, athletic, and hysterically funny off -stage, although she admitted she couldn't act her way out of a wet paper bag. Here's to a long life well and fully lived; rest in peace, beautiful Esther.

472 days ago


Jean , Esther out happens in 3's.

472 days ago

OLiarbama Argo-Urself    

"He thinks he's Ethel Merman." From Airplane 1980

472 days ago

Jay W.     

Nice form... very nice form. RIP Ester.

472 days ago


Love her movies.

472 days ago

Pablo Escabar    

91..we should all be lucky enough to see our 90s

472 days ago


Esther you were always my favorite of all the stars, I grew up with your movies and so loved to watch you glad you had a wonderful marriage with Fernando , I liked him too. RIP condolences to her family.

472 days ago

a long time Leno fan!    

Lorenzo Lamas' step mother. Gorgeous actress, good old fashioned hard work and integrity made her who she was. Watch her amazing movies the way movies used to be. Beautiful and talented, EW rest in peace.

471 days ago


So nice to read about a legend passing, with out some numbnut saying "who"? I find that so disrespectful!

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