Esther Williams

Actor · Writer
IVA Star Rating : 64
Esther Jane Williams was an American competitive swimmer and 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... read more

Esther Jane Williams was an American competitive swimmer and 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. Williams caught the attention of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer scouts at the Aquacade. 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 synchronised swimming and diving.

Birth Name

Esther Jane Williams

Born

Monday, 08 August 1921

Died

Thursday, 06 June 2013

Actress Filmography

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Actress Filmography

The Orson Bean Show Self 8696
Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies Self 2020
Cane Fire Mimi Bennett in Pagan Love Song 2020
The Fabulous Allan Carr Self 2018
Listen to Me Marlon Self 2015
Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger Self 2010
The Pursuit of Excellence (archive footage) 2007
Voces Eve Barrett 2006
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration Self 2001
Glorious Technicolor Self 1998
That's Entertainment! III Narrator / Self - Co-Host / Herself - Co-Host 1994
MGM: When the Lion Roars Herself 1992
One on One with John Tesh Self 1991
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood Self 1987
Biography Self 1987
American Masters Self 1986
The 58th Annual Academy Awards Self - Performer 1986
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan Self 1985
Night of 100 Stars II Self 1985
That's Dancing! Archival footage from 'Bathing Beauty' 1985
That's Entertainment, Part II Clip from 'Easy to Love' / (archive footage) 1976
That's Entertainment! Clips from 'Bathing Beauty' & 'Million Dollar Mermaid' etc. / (archive footage) 1974
Hollywood: The Dream Factory Self - film clips 1972
The Mike Douglas Show 1961
The Big Show Hillary Allen 1961
The Big Party Self 1959
Andy Hardy Comes Home Sheila Brooks (in Clip from "Andy Hardy's Double Life") 1958
The Garry Moore Show Self 1958
The Donna Reed Show Molly 1958
Raw Wind in Eden Laura 1958
Zane Grey Theatre Sarah Harmon 1956
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Self 1956
The Unguarded Moment Lois Conway 1956
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show Self - Swimmer, Self (Award Presenter) 1951
The Tender Trap Actress in 'Easy to Love' - Movie on TV 1955
MGM Parade Self - Water Ballerina in 'Ziegfeld Follies' 1955
This Is Your Life Self - Filmed tribute 1955
Jupiter's Darling Amytis 1955
The Jimmy Durante Show Self 1954
Easy to Love Julie Hallerton 1953
Person to Person Self 1953
Dangerous When Wet Katie Higgins 1953
Million Dollar Mermaid Annette Kellerman 1952
Omnibus Self - Presenter (segment), Self (segment "Advice to Bathers") 1952
This Is Your Life Self 1950
Skirts Ahoy! Whitney Young 1952
Callaway Went Thataway Esther Williams 1951
Texas Carnival Debbie Telford 1951
Pagan Love Song Mimi Bennett 1950
Lux Video Theatre Vicki 1950
Duchess of Idaho Christine Riverton Duncan 1950
The Costume Designer Self 1950
What's My Line? Herself - Mystery Guest, Herself - Guest Panelist 1950
Neptune's Daughter Eve Barrett 1949
Take Me Out to the Ball Game K.C. Higgins 1949
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall Herself 1948
The Ed Sullivan Show Self, Self - Guest Host 1948
The Milton Berle Show Self - Actress, Self 1948
On an Island with You Rosalind Rennolds 1948
This Time for Keeps Leonora 'Nora' Cambaretti / Nora Cambaretti 1947
Fiesta Maria Morales 1947
Till the Clouds Roll By Esther Williams - Signing Autographs 1946
Easy to Wed Connie Allenbury Chandler / Connie Allenbury 1946
The Hoodlum Saint Kay Lorrison 1946
Ziegfeld Follies Esther Williams ('A Water Ballet') / Esther Williams (segment A Water Ballet) 1945
Thrill of a Romance Cynthia Glenn 1945
Bathing Beauty Caroline Brooks 1944
Twenty Years After (archive footage) 1944
A Guy Named Joe Ellen Bright 1943
Andy Hardy's Double Life Sheila Brooks 1942
Inflation Mrs. Smith / Mary Smith 1942
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