“Black and White Diva”

Esther Williams


I am a passionate about cinema, particularly those dating back to a time when resources are small, those with fantastic stories, some even without speaking, (silent movie) that led ace tears, or made ​​us laugh out loud unprecedented.

In the background I regret not having been born in this era, where everything was simpler, where there was no need great special effects for a film to stay marked in our memory, in short I’m a huge fan of “Old School”movie. The first time I saw a movie in black and white was already a 16anos, Charlie Chaplin was the protagonist.
Also I am fascinated by the divas of the season, all that glamor, in times when there was no photoshop or other editing tools sophisticated image, that take years and pounds almost a magical step. What makes people so unreal. At that time besides a small adjustment of contrast between small and insignificant things, there was fantastic Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Esther Williams, beautiful, full of glamor, charming, sexy and natural proudly showing her curves,now the “divas” of today are forced to look like a “stick turning tripe” (expression used in my country), some so thin that the only thing shaping their bodies are their bones.
The divas the old days, these ones, for me are the true divas. Not wanting to disrespect any of the icons that are currently considered divas, but the most of it are so real as a Chanel bag bought in the marketplace. Of course there are women like Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, I consider movie divas. Not the classic Scandal Diva as it is known now. Now it’s to the base of a mantra that shames the movie “speak well or badly, since they speak.” I do not say that at the time there were no scandals, but those were inevitable were politely hidden by the press, a kind of respect to the artists. Today, not even invent scandals just to sell magazines, the saddest thing is that not always the media invent, actors invent them to.

Well not only actors, but today is like everyone can be a movie star, just need be known to the general public, this applies to almost everyone. Excusing myself from the last phrase, today there are great actors I deeply admire for their qualities, Robert De Niro is my favorite actor of all time. I admire many others, the panoply goes from Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey, Al Pacino, Sean Conery.

But I want to talk about is a sad fact, the wonderful diva Esther Williams died yesterday at age 91. The great old movie lovers know it for sure. For those who do not know I leave here a brief presentation of the life of the diva.

Esther Jane Williams was an American competitive swimmer and MGM movie actress.

Esther Williams

Esther Williams

Williams set multiple national and regional swimming records in her late teens as part of the Los Angeles Athletic Club swim team. Unable to compete in the 1940 Summer Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II, she joined Billy Rose’s Aquacade, where she took on the role vacated by Eleanor Holm after the show’s move from New York City to San Francisco. While in the city, she spent five months swimming alongside Olympic gold medal winner and Tarzan star, Johnny Weissmuller. It was at the Aquacade that Williams caught the attention of MGM scouts. After appearing in several small roles, alongside Mickey Rooney in an Andy Hardy film, and future five time co-star Van Johnson in A Guy Named Joe, Williams made a series of films in the 1940s and early 1950s known as “aquamusicals,” which featured elaborate performances with synchronized swimming and diving.

From 1945 to 1949, Williams had at least one film listed among the 20 highest grossing films of the year. In 1952, Williams appeared in her only biographical role, as Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman in Million Dollar Mermaid, which would go on to become her nickname while at MGM. Williams left MGM in 1956 and appeared in a handful of unsuccessful feature films, followed by several extremely popular water-themed television specials, including one from Cypress Gardens, Florida. Following her retirement from film in the 1960s, Williams became a businesswoman, and lent her name to a line of swimming pools and retro swimwear, instructional swimming videos for children, and serving as a commentator for synchronized swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.


R.I.P dear mermaid.


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