Champion swimmer Esther Williams’ movie career thrived during the forties and fifties when Technicolor and Cinemascope ruled. Young girls everywhere suddenly wanted to learn the art of synchronized swimming. When MGM had their gigantic costume clearance sale, we were lucky to scoop up one of Esther Williams’ actual swimsuits for two dollars. It’s a one piece shiny peach colored suit lined in flesh colored fabric, and it has “MGM Esther Williams” printed on a tag inside. We’re still trying to figure out what movie she wore it in. Esther was smart – her last marriage was to an adoring younger man who took care of her until she died peacefully at 91.
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