Esther Williams — the HUGE movie star who became internationally famous with her spectacular, synchronized swimming routines — is now making a splash … in heaven. She died today, at 91.
Williams starred in countless swimsuit spectaculars in the 40″s and 50″s — “aquamusicals” as they were called — where MGM honchos made any excuse to get her girl-next-door good looks and bangin” bod into the water. Movies like “Neptune”s Daughter” and “Dangerous When Wet” were every guy”s wet dream.
Esther started as a legit competitive swimmer, smashing records in her late teens … but she missed the 1940 Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II. So she joined a music, dance and swimming show in San Fran … where for five months she swam alongside Olympic swimmer and “Tarzan” star Johnny Weissmuller … and that”s where she caught the eye of Hollywood scouts.
In her later years, Williams lent her name to swimwear and other pool-related products, and was a commentator for synchronized swimming at the “84 Olympics.
That chick really knew how to sync and swim.