"Esther Williams, a swimming champion who became "America's mermaid" when she starred in a series of Hollywood "aqua musicals" in the 1940s and '50s, has died." Miss Williams passed away this morning, June 6, 2013, at the age of 91. RIP. Esther Williams: Princess Mermaid
Esther Williams (August 8, 1922 - ) is a United States competitive swimmer and 1940s and 1950s movie star. Known as "America's Mermaid," she was famous for her musical films that featured elaborate performances with swimming, diving and "water ballet," which is now known as synchronized swimming. Gorgeous Vintage Swimsuits.