Long time resident and pioneer of 29 Palms Esther Williams died today in her sleep at her Beverly Hills Home. The Williams home still stands on Sullivan Road… Her Huge Olympic Swimming pool was buried with dirt after, Code Enforcement Officer Gary Blackman got a hair in his ass when Bill Rabb had a break down after his wife died and lost the house, he demanded that the pool be buried…. A Damned Historical Monument yet!
Actress Esther Williams Dies at 91 – The Hollywood Reporter
Actress and champion swimmer Esther Williams, who showcased a combination of glamor and athleticism by starring in several spectacular and splashy MGM musicals of the 1940s and ’50s, has died. She was 91.
Williams died peacefully in her sleep Thursday in Beverly Hills, family spokesman Harlan Boll announced.
Williams swam her way to stardom in such timeless motion pictures as Bathing Beauty (1944), Neptune’s Daughter (1949) and Million Dollar Mermaid (1952).
The audience response to the athletic All-American girl was phenomenal as MGM put Williams’ career into high gear. For more than a decade, she reigned in a new Hollywood genre created just for her: The Aqua Musical.
A special 90-foot-square, 20-foot-deep pool was built at Stage 30 on the MGM lot, complete with hydraulic lifts, hidden air hoses and special camera cranes for overhead shots. Over the years, MGM concocted dozens of pretenses for getting her in water, calling on the great Busby Berkeley to design lavish production numbers to show off Williams’ assets.
“No one had ever done a swimming movie before,” she once said, “so we just made it up as we went along. I ad-libbed all my own underwater movements.”
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