Swimming Legend/Movie Star Esther Williams — Dead At 91

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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.