Swimmer-turned-actress Esther Williams Dies At 91

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June 6, 2013 | 2:25pm EST

Hollywood water baby Esther Williams has died in Beverly Hills at the age of 91.
The teenage swimming champion, who became the star of a series MGM movie extravaganzas, died on Thursday.
For a decade, from the mid 1940s to 1955, Williams dazzled filmgoers in movies like Bathing Beauty and Jupiter’s Darling, and became one of Hollywood’s top 10 box office stars.
But her Hollywood successes came at a price – she broke her back in a dive in one elaborate Busby Berkeley-choreographed water sequence in Million Dollar Mermaid and ruptured her eardrums seven times.