Esther Williams Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: August 8, 1921 in Los Angeles, California
Died: June 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California
Biography | show moreshow less
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.   
Film Credits | show moreshow less
1955 Jupiter's Darling (Performer), 1953 Dangerous When Wet (Performer), 1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Performer), 1947 Fiesta (Performer), 1945 Thrill of a Romance (Performer), 1943 A Guy Named Joe (Performer), 1942 Inflation (Performer), 2004 Hollywood Legenden (in person), 2000 Parkinson (in person), 1998 Glorious Technicolor (in person), 1996 Private Screenings (in person), 1994 Golden Globes 50th Anniversary Celebration (in person), 1992 MGM: When the Lion Roars (in person), 1991 One on One with John Tesh (in person), 1987 Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood (in person), 1973 The Mike Douglas Show (in person), 1959 The Big Party (in person), 1955-1959 What's My Line (in person), 1955-1958 Omnibus (in person), 1958 You Asked for It (in person), 1955-1956 The Milton Berle Show (in person), 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Sound), 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Other), 1974 That's Entertainment! (Other), 1958 Andy Hardy Comes Home (Other), 1990 The 35th Annual Thalians Gala (in person), 1984 Hollywood '84 (in person), 1977 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis (in person), 1955-1958 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1957-1959 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (in person), 2011 Terenci (Other), 1950 The Costume Designer (Other), 1958 Raw Wind in Eden (Performer), 1951 Texas Carnival (Performer), 1993 Vicki! (in person), 1990 7th Annual American Cinema Awards (in person), 1986 The 58th Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1985 Night of 100 Stars II (in person), 1955-1960 Person to Person (in person), 1951 Callaway Went Thataway (in person), 2010 Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger (Other), 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: (Other), 1955 The Tender Trap (Other), 2004 Haunts of the Black Masseur (Other), 1945 Parade of Aquatic Champions (Other), 2008 Tough Baby: Torch Song (Other), 2007 The Pursuit of Excellence (Other), 2003 The Milton Berle Show: The Lost Elvis (Other), 2002 The Original Mermaid (Other), 1963 Magic Fountain (Performer), 1994 That's Entertainment! III Behind the Screen (in person), 1961 The Big Show (Performer), 1961 The Bob Hope Show (Performer), 1960 The Donna Reed Show (Performer), 1956 The Unguarded Moment (Performer), 1953 Easy to Love (Performer), 1952 Million Dollar Mermaid (Performer), 1952 Skirts Ahoy! (Performer), 1950 Duchess of Idaho (Performer), 1949 Neptune's Daughter (Performer), 1944 Bathing Beauty (Performer), 1942 Personalities (Performer), 1954 Athena (Writer), 1954 Athena (in person), 2003 The 100 Greatest Musicals (in person), 1999 The Rosie O'Donnell Show (in person), 1993 Querida Concha (in person), 1961 The Annual National Sports Awards (in person), 1960 Esther Williams at Cypress Gardens (in person), 1958 The Garry Moore Show (in person), 1957 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (in person), 1956 The Jimmy Durante Show (in person), 1954 The 26th Annual Academy Awards (in person), 1950 Screen Actors (in person), 2004 Love Find Andy Hardy Intro (Other), 2002 American Masters (Other), 1956 MGM Parade (Other), 1985 That's Dancing! (Other), 1990 The Geraldo Rivera Show (in person), 1960 Zane Grey Theater (Performer), 1957 Lux Video Theatre (Performer), 1950 Pagan Love Song (Performer), 1948 On an Island with You (Performer), 1947 This Time for Keeps (Performer), 1946 Easy to Wed (Performer), 1946 The Hoodlum Saint (Performer), 1942 Andy Hardy's Double Life (Performer), 2001 Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration (in person), 1995-1998 Biography (in person), 1998 Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof (in person), 1994 That's Entertainment! III (in person), 1991 The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards (in person), 1991 Stars and Stripes: Hollywood and World War II (in person), 1961 The National Sports Awards (in person), 1956 The Esther Williams Aqua Spectacle (in person), 1955 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (in person), 1946 Till the Clouds Roll By (in person), 1945 Ziegfeld Follies (in person), 1996 Pebble Mill (in person), 2006 Voces (Other), 1985 All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan (in person), 1956 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood, City of Stars (Other), 1949 Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership (in person), 1989 Más estrellas que en el cielo (in person)

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