Esther Williams

Swimmer + Actress + Model + Businesswoman
Born Aug 8, 1921

Esther Jane Williams is a retired American competitive swimmer and MGM movie star. Williams set multiple national and regional swimming records in her late teens as part of the Los Angeles Athletic Club swim team.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Esther Williams.


1921 Birth Born in Inglewood, California, on August 8, 1921, Williams was the fifth and youngest child of Louis Stanton Williams (January 19, 1886 – June 10, 1968) and Bula Myrtle (née Gilpin; October 8, 1885 – December 29, 1971). … Read More
1929 7 Years Old In 1929, Stanton Williams died after his colon burst.


1935 13 Years Old In 1935, Bula Myrtle Williams invited 16-year-old Buddy McClure to live with her family. … Read More
Her medley team set the record for the 300-yard relay at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in 1939, and was also National AAU champion in the 100 meter freestyle, with a record-breaking time of 1 minute 09. seconds. … Read More
…  They were married in the San Francisco suburb of Los Altos on June 27, 1940. … Read More
1941 19 Years Old Williams signed her contract with MGM in 1941. … Read More


1944 22 Years Old They divorced on September 12, 1944.
1945 23 Years Old She married singer/actor Ben Gage on November 25, 1945; they had three children, Benjamin Stanton (born August 6, 1949), Kimball Austin (October 30, 1950 – May 6, 2008) and Susan Tenney (born October 1, 1953). … Read More
1947 25 Years Old …  By 1947, Gage and Williams were married. … Read More
1948 26 Years Old In 1948, Williams signed a contract with swimwear company Cole of California to appear as their spokesperson, and Williams and the other swimmers in her films wore Cole swimsuits. … Read More


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…  Williams also won the Henrietta Award at the 1952 Golden Globes, for World Film Favorite – Female. … Read More
1953 31 Years Old In 1953, Williams had been on maternity leave for three months while pregnant with daughter Susan, and assumed she would go straight to work on the film Athena when she returned. … Read More
1956 34 Years Old In 1956, she moved to Universal International and appeared in a non-musical dramatic film, The Unguarded Moment (1956). … Read More
1960 38 Years Old The Donna Reed Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and two aqua-specials, The Esther Williams Aqua Spectacle (1956) and Esther Williams at Cypress Gardens which was telecast on August 8, 1960. … Read More


1966 44 Years Old In 1966, Williams was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. … Read More
1969 47 Years Old She married her former lover, Argentine actor/director, Fernando Lamas on December 31, 1969. For 13 years, she lived in total submission to him, where she had to stop being "Esther Williams" and could not have her children live with her. In return, he would be faithful. They were married until his death from pancreatic cancer on October 8, 1982.


1984 62 Years Old She also appeared as a commentator for synchronized swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics. … Read More
1994 72 Years Old She resided in Beverly Hills with actor husband Edward Bell, whom she married on October 24, 1994. … Read More
2007 85 Years Old In a 2007 interview with Diane Sawyer, Williams admitted that she had recently suffered a stroke. "I opened my eyes and I could see, but I couldn't remember anything from the past," she said.
2008 86 Years Old In June 2008, Williams attended Cyd Charisse's funeral, which she did while seated in a wheelchair.
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In April 2010, Williams appeared at the first Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, California, alongside two-time co-star Betty Garrett. … Read More
2013 92 Years Old Esther Williams died in her sleep on June 6, 2013 from natural causes, in her Los Angeles home. … Read More
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