The Million Dollar Mermaid

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Harcourt, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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During Hollywood's heyday, big studios battled over the next box-office attraction. While Gene Kelly danced and Judy Garland sang, Esther Williams swam into the heart of America with her dazzling smile, stunning aquabatics, and whole-some appeal. Hand-picked for stardom by movie mogul Louis B. Mayer, Esther shed her wide-eyed innocence at what she affectionately calls University MGM, a unique educational institution where sex appeal and glamour were taught, a school where idols were born. Once a national swimming champion and struggling salesgirl, overnight she became one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood. And though fame came quickly, Esther's personal life was often less than joyous. Through troubled marriages, cross-dressing lovers, financial bankruptcy, she shares the ups and downs of her extraordinary career in The Million Dollar Mermaid, a wildly entertaining behind-the-scenes account of one of Tinseltown's classic dream factories.

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User Review  - Amanda Gentry - Goodreads

Great insight into Old Hollywood and all it's dish. Stars today definitely didn't invent sleeping around and backstabbing! This book made me like Esther Williams a little less - it's hard to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Theresa - Goodreads

didn't get to finish the book -had to return to library (reached page 144) Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Williams retired from the screen since the 1960s and now heads up a successful line of bathing suits.

Digby Diehl is the bestselling co-author of The Million Dollar Mermaid and Angel on My Shoulder. A noted book critic, he is currently working with Coretta Scott King on her memoirs. He lives with his wife, Kay, in Los Angeles.

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