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Thu Jun 6, 2013, 01:07 PM

Swimming Champion, Movie Star Esther Williams Dies

Source: ABC News

By BOB THOMAS Associated Press

LOS ANGELES June 6, 2013 (AP)

Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91.

Williams's died early Thursday in her sleep, according to her longtime publicist Harlan Boll.


Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/swimming-champion-movie-star-esther-williams-dies-19339995#.UbDA8Z8o600



She lived a good life.

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Archae Jun 2013 OP
Berlum Jun 2013 #1
DinahMoeHum Jun 2013 #2
Faygo Kid Jun 2013 #3
CTyankee Jun 2013 #8
duffyduff Jun 2013 #10
Skittles Jun 2013 #4
closeupready Jun 2013 #5
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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 01:36 PM

1. R.I.P. Esther. Thanks for all the beautiful swimming !


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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 01:58 PM

2. If not for World War II, she would've been a US Olympic swimmer

. . .and could have been another Eleanor Holm.

Rest In Peace, Ma'am.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 02:14 PM

3. What a candid autobiography she wrote

It was entertaining as hell, and quite risque, too. It's called Million Dollar Mermaid, and it's a heck of a read.

She lived quite a life.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 04:20 PM

8. I remember that book! It seems that Johnny Weismuller was quite a pig.

I think she said he exposed himself quite brazenly to her when they first met on the set for a picture they made together.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 07:42 PM

10. I have that book

 

A lot of her fans were not happy with her when she wrote about Jeff Chandler being a cross-dresser.

More troublesome to me was her being completely subservient to third husband Fernando Lamas.

He was handsome, but he was a jerk.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 02:24 PM

4. lovely lady

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 02:27 PM

5. Big time Republican. FWIW. Condolences to her loved ones.

 

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Response to closeupready (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 03:51 PM

7. There were and are lots of Republicans in Hollywood, and that doesn't bother me. However,

 

Esther Williams was all too happy being a doormat for her third husband, Fernando Lamas, who was an insanely jealous individual who required, as condition for his returned marital fidelity, that she have a separate residence for her three children and be completely submissive to him. She had to flit from one house to the other for the simple reason Lamas couldn't bear the thought she ever had children with another man (her second husband, Ben Gage). She gave up her career for that ass, but he was handsome as hell and great in bed, according to her, so he had a few good points. He did actually live up to his end of the agreement.

Lamas died in 1982, and she remarried a few years later to somebody who treated her a lot better.

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 02:35 PM

6. Rest in peace

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2013, 06:14 PM

9. She has a swimsuit line that's wonderful.

I have one and its the best bathing suit I've ever put on, and they're retro adorable.

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