Esther Williams

Actor, Swimmer, Singer
Like Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe before her, Esther Williams achieved the seemingly impossible by transforming her skill at competitive swimming into a popular movie career. A star athlete and Olympic hopeful ... Read more »
Born: 08/08/1921 in Inglewood, California, USA


Actor (30)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Stars and Stripes: Hollywood and World War II 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The Thalians 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The Big Show 1961 (Movie)

Hillary Allen (Actor)

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)


Jupiter's Darling 1955 (Movie)

Amytis (Actor)

Dangerous When Wet 1953 (Movie)

Katy (Actor)

Easy to Love 1953 (Movie)

Julie Hallerton (Actor)

Million Dollar Mermaid 1952 (Movie)

Annette Kellerman (Actor)

Texas Carnival 1951 (Movie)


A Guy Named Joe (Movie)

Ellen Bright (Actor)

Andy Hardy's Double Life (Movie)

Sheila Brooks (Actor)

Bathing Beauty (Movie)

Caroline Brooks (Actor)

Easy to Wed (Movie)

Connie Allenbury (Actor)

Fiesta (Movie)

Maria Morales (Actor)

Glorious Technicolor (TV Show)


Neptune's Daughter (Movie)

Eve Barrett (Actor)

On an Island with You (Movie)

Rosalind Reynolds (Actor)

Pagan Love Song (Movie)

Mimi Bennett (Actor)

Skirts Ahoy! (Movie)

Whitney Young (Actor)

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Movie)

K.C. Higgins (Actor)

The Hoodlum Saint (Movie)

May Lorrison (Actor)

This Time for Keeps (Movie)

Nora Cambaretta (Actor)

Thrill of a Romance (Movie)

Cynthia Glenn (Actor)

Ziegfeld Follies (Movie)

Guest (Actor)


Like Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe before her, Esther Williams achieved the seemingly impossible by transforming her skill at competitive swimming into a popular movie career. A star athlete and Olympic hopeful in her teens, she gained her earliest exposure to show business as the female lead in showman Billy Rose's Aquacade. Executives at MGM who saw her swimming abilities and pin-up worthy looks signed her immediately to a contract with the studio. There she starred in a series of musicals built around Williams' extraordinarily graceful water ballets. Audiences ate up the ultra-lightweight fare, making her one of the most popular movie stars of the 1940s and 1950s, though her career declined whenever she decided to pursue roles on dry land. After retiring in the early sixties, she parlayed her association with all things aquatic into lucrative licensing deals for ladies' swimwear and swimming pools. Due to these savvy decisions, she enjoyed her later decades out of spotlight and lived to be 91, with her physically fit background likely contributing to her longevity.


Edward Bell Actor

Met during 1984 Summer Olympics Married Oct. 24, 1994

Jeff Chandler Actor

Romantically involved in late 1950s Worked together on "Raw Wind in Eden" (1958) No longer together; in her autobiography, Williams claimed Chandler was a cross-dresser

Ben Gage Actor

Married Nov. 25, 1945 Divorced April 20, 1959

Susan Gage

Born Oct. 1, 1953; father, Ben Gage

Benjamin Gage

Born Aug. 6, 1949; father, Ben Gage

Kimball Gage

Born Oct. 30, 1950; father, Ben Gage Died May 6, 2008

Leonard Kovner

Met when he was a pre-med student at USC Married June 27, 1940 Divorced 1944

Lorenzo Lamas Actor

Born Jan. 20, 1958 to Fernando Lamas and Arlene Dahl best known for his role as Lance on the long-running primetime soap opera, "Falcon Crest"

Fernando Lamas Director

Married in two separate ceremonies, a civil ceremony in Europe (some sources said 1963, others 1967) and one at Founders' Church of Religious Science near Hollywood, CA Dec. 31, 1969; married until his death Oct. 8, 1982

Alejandre Lamas


Lou Williams


Bula Williams

Member of Ingelwood Board of Education; helped raise funds for neighborhood school's swimming pool

Maureen Williams



Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles, California
left to pursue acting



Was one of the hosts of the musical compilation documentary "That's Entertainment III"


Made one-shot return to films to play a leading role in "The Big Show"


Last film for three years, "Raw Wind in Eden"


Made TV debut in "Lux Video Theatre's The Armed Venus"


Last major aqua-musical, "Jupiter's Darling"


Ended MGM contract (date approximate)


Twice made the annual exhibitors' poll of top ten boxoffice stars; placed eighth both years


First came to attention in her first swimming film, "Bathing Beauty"


Film acting debut in "Andy Hardy's Double Life"


Signed MGM contract

Retired from the industry in the early 1960s

Won several local swimming championships; after earning the Pacific Coast Championship was signed for the 1940 Olympics (which were ultimately cancelled when WWII began)

Impressario Billy Rose co-starred her with Johnny Weissmuller in his San Francisco Aquacade; quit to marry first husband

Left college and worked as stock clerk and part-time model at I Magin store

Bonus Trivia


She was named to the Swimming Pool Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1967.