Swimming champion, movie star Esther Williams dies

Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned movie star, has died at age 91.

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Films of Esther Williams:
"Andy Hardy's Double Life,"  1942
"A Guy Named Joe,"  1943
"Bathing Beauty," 1944
"Thrill of a Romance," 1945
"Ziegfeld Follies," 1946
"The Hoodlum Saint," 1946
"Easy to Wed," 1946
"Till the Clouds Roll By," 1947
"Fiesta," 1947
"This Time for Keeps," 1947
"On an Island With You," 1948
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game," 1949
"Neptune's Daughter," 1949
"Duchess of Idaho," 1950
"Pagan Love Song," 1950
"Callaway Went Thataway," 1951
"Texas Carnival," 1951
"Skirts Ahoy!," 1952
"Million Dollar Mermaid," 1952
"Dangerous When Wet," 1953
"Easy to Love," 1953
"Jupiter's Darling," 1955
"The Unguarded Moment," 1956
"Raw Wind in Eden," 1958
"The Big Show," 1961
"The Magic Fountain," 1961

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned movie star, has died at age 91.

Williams' publicist Harlan Boll says she died early Thursday in her sleep.

Williams became one of Hollywood's biggest moneymakers in the 1940s and '50s, appearing in spectacular swimsuit numbers that capitalized on her wholesome beauty and perfect figure.

Such films as "Easy to Wed," ''Neptune's Daughter" and "Dangerous When Wet" followed the same formula: romance, music, a bit of comedy and a flimsy plot that provided excuses to get Esther into the water.

The extravaganzas dazzled a second generation via television and the compilation films "That's Entertainment." Williams' co-stars included the pick of the MGM contract list, including Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalban and Howard Keel.

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