The Million Dollar Mermaid

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Simon & Schuster, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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Not since David Niven wrote the bestselling THE MOON'S A BALLOON has one of Hollywood's great stars written with real wit and candour about what it was like to work in the movie factories. In this glamorous world actors were pampered and coddled, yet expected to work without complaint for long, hard hours; made into an object of desire for millions of people and live in a world of almost total unreality, while still being expected to go about the business of finding a partner and raising a family, and avoiding personal scandal at all costs.
Now, for the thousands of fans of the Golden Age of Hollywood comes Esther William's wonderfully witty, fresh and frank autobiography, all about an 18 year old girl who reluctantly answers the call of MGM and finds herself launched in a career that will last almost twenty years. During her career, she helped to create a genre of film that seems almost unimaginable today, yet which still holds its original freshness and fascination. Whether speaking of her own marriages, divorces, and love affairs or telling tales about the legends of the studio era, Williams is acutely perceptive and always uncompromisingly honest.

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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  - Jo March - Goodreads

A very entertaining look at one woman's career in Hollywood and her personal struggles ( mainly caused by her bad choice of husbands! ) I re read this book in two days as it was so interesting I was dying to know what happened next! Read full review


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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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