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NBC has tied up "ER" through 2006, and CBS has agreed to a big-money deal with the star of "Everybody Loves Raymond," according to a report in Daily Variety.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Joe Bob's Week in Review

The Hong Kong Tourist Board launched a new ad campaign with
JOE BOB BRIGGS

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2002 with 145 to follow.
By United Press International

People

Celebrities in the news for June 28, 2002.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

To put "Spider-Man's" record opening weekend box-office haul into perspective, look at it this way -- its $114 million gross was more than three times as much as the combined grosses of the rest of the Top 12 movies, and it accounted for more than 75 perc
By United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

LIZA'S ALL-STAR WEDDING According to gossip columnist Liz Smith, Liza Minnelli will have not one but two maids of honor when she marries David Gest, and 15 bridesmaids -- most of them household names.
By United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

THE BRIT AWARDS Dido and Kylie picked up two awards at the Brit Awards, handed out this week in London. But NME.com reports Gorillaz, which had been up for a handful of the awards, went home empty-handed.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Hollywood Digest

LIZA'S ALL-STAR WEDDING
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporters

People

, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- LIZA MAKING BIG WEDDING PLANS
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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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