Esther Williams

Esther Williams

Highest Rated: 100% Neptune's Daughter (1949)

Lowest Rated: 67% Ziegfeld Follies (1946)

Birthday: Aug 8, 1921

Birthplace: Inglewood, California, USA

Like Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe before her, Esther Williams achieved the seemingly impossible by transforming her skill at competitive swimming into a popular movie career. A star athlete and Olympic hopeful in her teens, she gained her earliest exposure to show business as the female lead in showman Billy Rose's Aquacade. Executives at MGM who saw her swimming abilities and pin-up worthy looks signed her immediately to a contract with the studio. There she starred in a series of musicals built around Williams' extraordinarily graceful water ballets. Audiences ate up the ultra-lightweight fare, making her one of the most popular movie stars of the 1940s and 1950s, though her career declined whenever she decided to pursue roles on dry land. After retiring in the early sixties, she parlayed her association with all things aquatic into lucrative licensing deals for ladies' swimwear and swimming pools. Due to these savvy decisions, she enjoyed her later decades out of spotlight and lived to be 91, with her physically fit background likely contributing to her longevity.

Highest rated movies

Neptune's Daughter
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Million Dollar Mermaid
Ziegfeld Follies
A Guy Named Joe




No Score Yet No Score Yet Magic Fountain Hyacinth Tower (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 0% The Big Show Hillary Allen (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Raw Wind in Eden Laura (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unguarded Moment Lois Conway (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 57% Jupiter's Darling Amytis (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 48% Easy to Love Julie Hallerton (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 54% Dangerous When Wet Katie Higgins (Character) - 1953
86% 68% Million Dollar Mermaid Annette Kellerman (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 48% Skirts Ahoy! Whitney Young (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 17% Texas Carnival Debbie Telford (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 47% Duchess of Idaho Christine Riverton Duncan (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 24% Pagan Love Song Mimi Bennett (Character) - 1950
100% 58% Neptune's Daughter Eve Barrett (Character) - 1949
95% 70% Take Me Out to the Ball Game K.C. Higgins (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 45% On an Island With You Rosalind Rennolds (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 43% Fiesta Maria Morales (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 23% This Time for Keeps Leonora "Nora" Cambaretti (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hoodlum Saint Kay Lorrison (Character) - 1946
67% 59% Ziegfeld Follies Specialty (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 54% Easy to Wed Connie Allenbury Chandler (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 56% Thrill of a Romance Cynthia Glenn (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 75% Bathing Beauty Caroline Brooks (Character) - 1944
67% 74% A Guy Named Joe Ellen Bright (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Andy Hardy's Double Life Sheila Brooks (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inflation Mrs. Smith (Character) - 1942


No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1955 1958-1959