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The Resource The million dollar mermaid, Esther Williams with Digby Diehl

The million dollar mermaid, Esther Williams with Digby Diehl

Label
The million dollar mermaid
Title
The million dollar mermaid
Statement of responsibility
Esther Williams with Digby Diehl
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Writing style
Review
  • This tell-all should make a big splash. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
  • Film star Williams reveals all, including how every hair and eyelash remained in place during the spectacular water ballets that were the core of most of her movies. The 1940—50 Williams's films, like Neptune's Daughter, Thrill of a Romance, and Million Dollar Mermaid, are featured on cable television's movie channels, so a younger generation of viewers is familiar with the signature splashing fountains, corps de bathing beauty, and spectacular Esther Williams smile. Here's a description of how those effects were achieved (oil and Vaseline for the hair; the smile was her own), as well as tales about the star's four marriages, several affairs, three children, and coming of age as a contract player in the MGM "finishing school," along with Lana Turner, Katharine Hepburn, June Allyson, and Judy Garland. The Esther Williams films, as bland and predictable as the plots were, were big moneymakers. Only 18 years old when she signed with MGM, she had already been in the Olympics, where she swam fast, and a star of Billy Rose's Aquacade, where she swam "pretty." Straightforward and unpretentious, she understood that it was the wet Williams that drew people to her films. She developed increasingly complicated routines (precursors of synchronized swimming) and did her own sometimes dangerous stunts'she once broke three neck vertebrae in a diving sequence. As her career tapered off in the mid-—50s, she found that her second husband had lost or gambled away virtually all the money she—d earned in the water. Unhappy and confused, she took LSD (overseen by a doctor); it was like "instant psychoanalysis" and enabled her next marriage, to actor Fernando Lamas, although uneven, to last for 22 years until his death. Now happily married to husband number four, she heads a bathing suit firm. With the help of L.A. media critic Diehl, this is written with humor and a sense of proportion that leaven the usual movie star bio. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 1999)
Biography type
autobiography
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185375
Cataloging source
DLC
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1921-2013
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Williams, Esther
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Diehl, Digby
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True
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  • Williams, Esther
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
Label
The million dollar mermaid, Esther Williams with Digby Diehl
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
355998
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
416 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780684852843
Lccn
99035872
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780684852843
  • (Sirsi) ABU-7251
Label
The million dollar mermaid, Esther Williams with Digby Diehl
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
355998
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
416 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780684852843
Lccn
99035872
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780684852843
  • (Sirsi) ABU-7251

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