She made a name for herself as both an actress and a swimmer, and sadly Esther Williams died peacefully in her sleep earlier today (June 6).
The 91-year-old thespian rose to fame in the 1940s thanks to several high-profile roles in MGM Musicals such as Bathing Beauty, Neptunes Daughter, and Million Dollar Mermaid.
Given her string of successful films, Hollywood created a completely new genre called The Aqua Musical, and MGM built a 90-square-foot pool that was 20-feet deep at their Stage 30 lot.
Williams previously told press, “No one had ever done a swimming movie before, so we just made it up as we went along. I ad-libbed all my own underwater movements.”
All in all, Esther starred in 25 aqua musicals during her career.