How sad. ‘America’s Mermaid’ peacefully died in her sleep on June 6, her rep reports, after a number of health setbacks over the past few years.
Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress, was a huge box-office attraction of the ’40s and ’50s, but she sadly lost her life on June 6 — she was 91 years old.
Esther Williams Dead — Sad Breaking News
Her longtime publicist Harlan Boll said Esther was in a peaceful sleep when she passed away, PEOPLE reports.
In films such as Easy to Wed, Neptune’s Daughter and Dangerous When Wet, Esther appeared in swimsuit scenes. Her films all seemed to follow the same formula, according to ABC News. They included romance, music, comedy and a plot that provided excuses to get Esther into the water!
Following the ’50s, Esther tried non-swimming roles, but she found little success. And she retired from public life after her 1962 marriage to Fernando Lamas.
Esther’s Life After Acting
In a 1984 interview she said: “A really terrific guy comes along and says, ‘I wish you’d stay home and be my wife,’ and that’s the most logical thing in the world for a Latin. And I loved being a Latin wife — you get treated very well. There’s a lot of attention in return for that sacrifice.”
Esther published her autobiography in 1999 and appropriately titled it “The Million Dollar Mermaid.”
Sadly, the former actress suffered from a few health setbacks over the past several years. In 2001, she fractured her ankle. And in 2007, she suffered a stroke.
Our thoughts go out to Esther’s family and friends at this sad time in their lives.
— Chris Rogers