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Esther Williams

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Esther Williams

A former teen swim champion who proved herself an adept comedienne and turned film star, Esther Williams (with the help of MGM) invented the swimming musical and starred in a series of these wet spectacles throughout the 1940s and '50s, creating and filling her own special niche in Hollywood for over a decade.

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Memorable Quotations:

  • "If I put my arms around your neck, I would choke you." --as Rosalind Reynolds in ON AN ISLAND WITH YOU (1948)
  • "Just call me fathead." --as K.C. Higgins in TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME (1949).
  • "You're very poetic for a short stop." --as K.C. Higgins in TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME (1949).
  • "I'm glad to see the grapevine hasn't withered." --as Whitney Young in SKIRTS AHOY! (1952).
  • "You're the one who makes me do things like this." --as Whitney Young in SKIRTS AHOY! (1952).

Music Clips:

  • Click here"I Got out of Bed on the Right Side" (clip) from DANGEROUS WHEN WET (1953) sung with William Demarest, Charlotte Greenwood and Company (a .MP3 file courtesy Rhino Records).

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Further Reading:

  • The Million Dollar Mermaid by Esther Williams (Simon & Schuster, 1999).
  • The Golden Girls of MGM by Jane Ellen Wayne (New York: Carroll & Graf, 2003).

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