ESTHER WILLIAMS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: FERNANDO LAMAS - HFSID 221533
ESTHER WILLIAMS and FERNANDO LAMAS Black and white publicity photograph of Esther Williams and Fernando Lamas swimming. Photograph signed: "Greetings from:/Fernando Lamas and" and "Esther Williams." B/w, 10x8 overall, image 8¾x6¾ (one surface).
Sale Price $467.50
ESTHER WILLIAMS and FERNANDO LAMAS
Black and white publicity photograph of Esther Williams and Fernando Lamas swimming.
Photograph signed: "Greetings from:/Fernando Lamas and" and "Esther Williams." B/w, 10x8 overall, image 8¾x6¾ (one surface). ESTHER WILLIAMS (1921-2013) was a world-renowned swimming champion when she was spotted by an MGM talent scout in an aquacade. Hoping that their new discovery would surpass the popularity of 20th Century-Fox's skating queen Sonja Henie, MGM began grooming Williams for stardom completely refashioning her third film, the modest 1944 Red Skelton comedy Mister Bride, into the Technicolor super spectacular Bathing Beauty. For the next decade she starred in one musical comedy after another, warbling the Oscar-winning tune "Baby It's Cold Outside" in Neptune's Daughter (1949) and trading steps with Gene Kelly in Take Me Out to the Ballgame (1949). As her popularity soared--she was among the top ten box office stars in 1949 and 1950--MGM went out of its way to make her swimming sequences more complex and elaborate with each new picture. Released from MGM, Williams tried to gain acceptance as a dramatic actress, but the public wasn't buying. She closed out her film career in 1961. Singer/actor FERNANDO LAMAS (1915-1982), an established film star in his native Argentina, starred in many Hollywood films of the 1950s, usually in "Latin lover" roles. His wives included Lana Turner, Arlene Dahl and Esther Williams. He is the father of actor Lorenzo Lamas. Esther Williams and Fernando Lamas were married from 1967 until his death in 1982. Fine condition.
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