Esther Williams

Esther Williams

Received her first screen kiss by Mickey Rooney in Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942).

Second husband was singer/actor Ben Gage, a "Big Band" vocalist who dubbed Victor Mature, George Montgomery, Dana Andrews and Cornel Wilde in various musical films. They had three children.

She and teammate Virginia Hopkins were to take part in the 1940 Olympics, which was canceled due to World War II.

She has two grandchildren, Austin and Erin, from her son Ben. She has a grandson, Thomas, from her daughter Susie.

She is a member of the Unity Church.

She is a strong supporter of the Republican party. She appeared with Virginia Mayo at the 1953 Republican Rally and in past presidential elections she endorsed Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and John McCain.

She lent her name to a brand of swimming pools that are still sold today, Esther Williams Pools.

She was offered roles in both The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974) by Irwin Allen. She turned down both.

Since her retirement from film in the 1960s, Esther Williams has become a businesswoman, lending 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.

Son Benjamin Stanton "Ben" Gage was born August 6, 1949.

Son Kimball Austin Gage was born October 30, 1950.

Stepmother of Lorenzo Lamas.

Three step-children, from Lamas: Cristina, Alexandra "Alex," and Lorenzo.

Was inducted into the Swimming Pool Hall of Fame in 1967.

Was the national champion in the 100 meter freestyle and was a favorite to make the 1940 Olympic team. Unfortunately, she missed her opportunity due to the outbreak of World War II.

Younger sister of Stanton Williams.

Youngest of five children. The others were Stanton, June, Maurine and David.