TCM will play a 24 hour marathon of 13 films to honor her Acting Career, in which she starred opposite of the likes of Van Johnson, Fernando Lamas, Red Skelton, William Powell, Gene Kelly, and more. Esther's first film was "Andy Hardy's Double Life" in 1942, playing Mickey Rooney's love interest. He was also her first on-screen kiss.
|Esther Williams, in first Movie, with Mickey Rooney|
|Esther Williams, dancing with Van Johnson|
|Esther Williams, with husband, Fernando Lamas|
Esther Williams was known as the bathing beauty in many of her films... swimming her way across the big screen of MGM Musicals into stardom! She had hoped to be in the 1940 Olympic games, but World War II prevented it from happening. She was instead discovered pool side by MGM talent scouts, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Tribute begins Thursday, June 13 at 8pm ET on TCM, Turner Classic Movies.
The 13-film lineup includes the following films:
8:00 PM - Bathing Beauty
10:00 PM - Neptune's Daughter
11:45 PM - Million Dollar Mermaid
1:45 AM - Dangerous When Wet
3:30 AM - Andy Hardy's Double Life
5:15 AM - Thrill of a Romance
7:15 AM - Easy to Wed
9:15 AM - The Hoodlum Saint
11:00 AM - Fiesta
1:00 PM - This Time For Keeps
3:00 PM - On an Island with You
5:00 PM - Pagan Love Song
6:30 PM - Texas Carnival
My favorite of these films would be: Andy Hardy's Double Life, Easy to Wed, and Thrill of a Romance... all three are delightful romantic comedies.
I hope you will enjoy this farewell tribute to Esther Williams, a Hollywood Legend.
Prayers for her dear family and friends...