In her autobiography, legendary swimming and MGM star Esther Williams reveals what it was like to work at one of the premier studio's during Hollywood's "Golden Era". She was one of the studio's most bankable leading ladies. An American beauty and swimming champ, she was hired at MGM in 1941 at age 18, and from then on starred in two or three ...Read MoreIn her autobiography, legendary swimming and MGM star Esther Williams reveals what it was like to work at one of the premier studio's during Hollywood's "Golden Era". She was one of the studio's most bankable leading ladies. An American beauty and swimming champ, she was hired at MGM in 1941 at age 18, and from then on starred in two or three thinly plotted "swimming musicals" a year, such as "Neptune's Daughter", "Million Dollar Mermaid", "Easy to Love", and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game".Read Less
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If you're a fan of Golden Era Hollywood this would be a good book for you. All I knew of Esther Williams was she was a swimmer that became an actress and was Lorenzo Lamas' step-mama. This book certainly fills in the blanks! In her own words she gives us a good look into the workings and personalities of old Hollywood (including a little dirt on some of her fellow celebrities) . She certainly doesn't hold back but isn't too vicious.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-08-23 MGM swim-femme Williams delighted millions in choreographed aqua-movie-musicals during the 1940s and '50s: her unbuttoned autobiography examines both her splashy, sunny public image and the murky waters of her private life. Williams and Diehl (Tales from the Crypt) backstroke through a flood of memories, giving a fluid treatment to "hundreds of hours of conversations that are the basis for this book." Williams opens by describing the LSD trip she took in 1959 (Cary Grant helped her score the acid), then dives into her traumatic early life: a brother died at 16, and a boy the same age raped the young Williams repeatedly. Competing in swim meets at 15, Williams became a national champion in 1939, costarred in Billy Rose's Aquacade with the drunken, exhibitionistic Johnny Weissmuller and signed with MGM in 1944. Williams's movie years constitute the colorful core of the book, displaying life inside a major studio during Hollywood's Golden Age and showing screen legends with their pants down?sometimes literally. Williams had to deal with disastrous marriages, manipulative moguls and life-threatening water stunts. Her sparkling anecdotes alternate the scandalous, the charming and the ridiculous. When, during the rain-drenched filming of Pagan Love Song, Williams cables from Kauai to tell her studio head she's pregnant, the announcement reaches all the ham radio operators in California. Later chapters cover Williams's work for TV, her swimsuit licensing and her years with jet-setting, tyrannical third husband Fernando Lamas. Williams speaks of her own "zest for life"; she and collaborator Diehl demonstrate it many times over in this tremendously entertaining life story. First serial to Vanity Fair. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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