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Old 06-06-2013, 03:10 PM
 
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Esther Williams Dies at 91 | Photos - ABC News
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:29 PM
 
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She wasn't an actress, but she was in the right place at the right time, starring in a series of Technicolor musicals in the 1940s and 1950s. Very little substance to any of them, but they must have made a pile of money for MGM. RIP, Esther!
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:31 PM
 
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I sincerely thought she had passed away years ago
91 is a fine age, and she had an interesting life. RIP
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I used to have an aquatic aerobics teacher in her 50's who never heard of Ester Williams. Most of us in the class were over 60 and some were in their 80's. We were so surprised somebody who made her living for 2 decades teaching swimming, said she was a water therapy expert and had never heard of Ester Williams. We all chipped in to buy her a DVD and she was fascinated with Ester and her remarkable talent. Soon this teacher became obsessed with all things Ester Williams. Sad so many younger people are not aware of talented people from a different generation. She was definitely of my mother's generation but seems like I've known about her all my life.
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:34 PM
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I used to have an aquatic aerobics teacher in her 50's who never heard of Ester Williams. Most of us in the class were over 60 and some were in their 80's. We were so surprised somebody who made her living for 2 decades teaching swimming, said she was a water therapy expert and had never heard of Ester Williams. We all chipped in to buy her a DVD and she was fascinated with Ester and her remarkable talent. Soon this teacher became obsessed with all things Ester Williams. Sad so many younger people are not aware of talented people from a different generation. She was definitely of my mother's generation but seems like I've known about her all my life.
Same here. I knew who she was and have watched some of those old movies.
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Old 06-09-2013, 02:15 AM
 
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Esther Williams was a major moneyspinner for MGM in the 40s and 50s. A section of the 1974 documentary film 'That's Entertainment' was devoted to her. Her films were colourful and entertaining. She is not forgotten by fans like me of the great days of MGM. RIP Esther.
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:18 AM
 
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Esther Williams: Princess Mermaid - YouTube
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:54 AM
 
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Thanks for that Citizen Kane!! Nice film clips showing the sort of thing Esther Williams did in her movies.

MGM built a 90 square foot pool, and 30 feet deep to film her swimming sequences in. This cost $250,000 in the 40s..... an enormous sum at the time, showing just what a money spinner she was for them.

MGM was known as the Dream Factory. The employees at this factory made films. Most of the star employees have gone now. I can only think of Mickey Rooney who is still alive.

But, the employees of this particular factory have left wonderful films for fans to enjoy over and over again.
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:38 PM
 
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Thanks for that Citizen Kane!! Nice film clips showing the sort of thing Esther Williams did in her movies.

MGM built a 90 square foot pool, and 30 feet deep to film her swimming sequences in. This cost $250,000 in the 40s..... an enormous sum at the time, showing just what a money spinner she was for them.

MGM was known as the Dream Factory. The employees at this factory made films. Most of the star employees have gone now. I can only think of Mickey Rooney who is still alive.

But, the employees of this particular factory have left wonderful films for fans to enjoy over and over again.
You are very welcome!! She was amazing!! How do you rise up out of the water , smiling and not blinking??? It's those little things that she did that had me transfixed.....smiling under water.???? Dude, my mouth is always clamped shut!!
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:21 PM
 
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amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
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