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During Hollywood's heyday, big studios battled over the next box-office attraction. While Gene Kelly danced and Judy Garland sang, Esther Williams swam into the heart of America with her dazzling smile, stunning aquabatics, and whole-some appeal. Hand-picked for stardom by movie mogul Louis B. Mayer, Esther shed her wide-eyed innocence at what she affectionately calls University MGM, a unique educational institution where sex appeal and glamour were taught, a school where idols ...
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Overview

During Hollywood's heyday, big studios battled over the next box-office attraction. While Gene Kelly danced and Judy Garland sang, Esther Williams swam into the heart of America with her dazzling smile, stunning aquabatics, and whole-some appeal. Hand-picked for stardom by movie mogul Louis B. Mayer, Esther shed her wide-eyed innocence at what she affectionately calls University MGM, a unique educational institution where sex appeal and glamour were taught, a school where idols were born.

Once a national swimming champion and struggling salesgirl, overnight she became one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood. And though fame came quickly, Esther's personal life was often less than joyous. Through troubled marriages, cross-dressing lovers, financial bankruptcy, she shares the ups and downs of her extraordinary career in The Million Dollar Mermaid, a wildly entertaining behind-the-scenes account of one of Tinseltown's classic dream factories. 6 X 9-1/8. 32-page b&w photo insert

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Bathing beauty Esther Williams spent so much of her film career in swim suits that early television comics made quips about her comely near nakedness. However, in comparison to this bare-all autobiography, Williams's demure Jantzens were models of modesty. The Million Dollar Mermaid recounts her meteoric, seemingly implausible rise from oppressed salesgirl to national swimming champion to MGM film star. However, Williams' picture-perfect form and carefully constructed family film dramas were not replicated in her off-hours. Her marriages were troubled; her lovers numerous, weird, and irritating; and her financial acumen essentially non-existent.

Through it all, Williams tucked it in, stretched out those shapely legs, and kept paddling. An entertaining read; a well-deserved splash.

Robert Ellsworth
…Williams gives us not only a warts-and-all account of her life, but a vivid depiction of Hollywood's golden age. She tells her story with candor and dignity. It's a rich and sensitive autobiography you won't want to put down.
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"Forthright and affably ribald.-Entertainment Weekly
"Her sparkling anecdotes alternate the scandalous, the charming and the ridiculous....Tremendously entertaining life story."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Williams is capable and down-to-earth, but the movie star has just enough ego-and the requisite bad taste in men-to make her story interesting."-Chicago Tribune
"Williams, always sassy, proves herself to be a daring memoirist."-Time "One of the most engaging and involving movie-star bios ever; her Million Dollar Mermaid is really something special."-Liz Smith, The New York Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786223619
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Biography Series
  • Edition description: LARGE PRINT
  • Pages: 717
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 1.37 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2006

    WOW,SHE SURE WAS A WORKER

    What a beautiful lady!! i was alittle shocked about some of the details.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2005

    Not all wet

    Very enteraining book. Some of the side stories are just as interesting as hers. I think her life was pretty sad when she could not have her children live with her. However her contribution to the swimming world is truly remarkable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2001

    Esther Williams, the mermaid, tells all

    This book was very funny. Your readers will be amazed by the antics of Jeff Chandler, L.B. Mayer, and naturally, her husbands. I was held spellbound by the descriptions of what had to go into the aquatic stunts in many of the MGM pictures Ms. Williams made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    Dishy!

    A fun read - really dishy stuff -a nude Marlene Dietrich, a cross dressing Jeff Chandler and a pompus overbearing egotistical, chauvinistic, vain Fernando Lamas not to mention a manipulative Arlene Dahl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2000

    Swimmingly Honest Autobiography

    Esther Williams has written an utterly fabulous narrative of a life with many dents and dinks, but still full of much personal satisfaction and strength. She leaves no stone unturned in describing details of her relationships, her MGM days and the sometimes harrowing events during filming. One comes away from her book feeling as if they have just met someone they would love to meet, chat with and share a swim.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2000

    Good for Esther

    She tells it like it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2000

    Problem with my Scholl

    I am Cambodian just came from Cambodia for 3 years ago , now I have problem with my School Becuase I am young no work and no Money for pay school when I go in College, right now I am A good student in Garey High School I will Graduate in 2000 may be on a serveral Month ahead.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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