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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

On this date in history: Richard Nixon was nominated ... and announced his resignation.
By United Press International
At year's end: Hollywood icons mourned: Gandolfini, Monteith, Walker

At year's end: Hollywood icons mourned: Gandolfini, Monteith, Walker

2013 saw the sad passings of numerous titans of the entertainment industry, including "Bathing Beauty" star Esther Williams, "All in the Family" matriarch Jean Stapleton, "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine and "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Peter O'Toole.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013.
By United Press International
Actress, swimmer Esther Williams dead at 91

Actress, swimmer Esther Williams dead at 91

LOS ANGELES, June 6 (UPI) -- Actress and champion swimmer Esther Williams died Thursday at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif., her family spokesman said. She was 91.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.
By United Press International
Baldwin, Roth to attend TCM film fest

Baldwin, Roth to attend TCM film fest

LOS ANGELES, April 8 (UPI) -- Alec Baldwin, Tim Roth and Esther Williams are confirmed to take part in the upcoming first TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles, organizers said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 8, 2008.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007.
By United Press International

Joe Barbera of Flintstones fame dies at 95

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Joe Barbera, half of the creative team that created Tom and Jerry, Huckleberry Hound, the Flintstones and the Jetsons, died Monday at the age of 95. Warner Brothers, in an announcement, said that Barbera's wife, Stella, was with him at his home in the Stu

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2006 with 145 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2005 with 145 to follow.
By United Press International

Stage, screen, TV star Howard Keel dead

PALM DESERT, Calif., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Veteran stage, movie and television actor and singer Howard Keel has died of colon cancer at his California home. He was 85.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Aug. 8, the 221st day of 2004 with 145 to follow.
By United Press International

Hollywood sign turns 80

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The famous Hollywood sign turns 80 this year and, this being Hollywood, there's going to be a big birthday celebration Thursday.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2003 with 145 to follow.
By United Press International
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Esther Williams
Esther Williams (L) and Davey Yarborough perform for President George W. Bush during a social dinner in the East Room of the White House to celebrate American jazz on June 19, 2008. (UPI Photo/Gary Fabiano/Pool)
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Esther Jane Williams (born August 8, 1921, although some sources cite 1922) is a retired American competitive swimmer and MGM movie star. 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, Williams 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. There, she spent five months swimming alongside Olympic swimmer 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.

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