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still from Gold Diggers of 1933, Dir. Mervyn LeRoy/Busby Berkeley, 1933.

still from Gold Diggers of 1933, Dir. Mervyn LeRoy/Busby Berkeley, 1933.

One film that showcased Williams' fluid grace was \"Million Dollar Mermaid\" in 1952. Her stylish athleticism was not without danger: some of her injuries included three broken vertebrae in the back of her neck in a dive; several broken eardrums; and a near-drowning when she couldn't detect a trap door that was designed to give her a way out.

Esther Williams

One film that showcased Williams' fluid grace was \"Million Dollar Mermaid\" in 1952. Her stylish athleticism was not without danger: some of her injuries included three broken vertebrae in the back of her neck in a dive; several broken eardrums; and a near-drowning when she couldn't detect a trap door that was designed to give her a way out.

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