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Archive shows 'Hollywood's Mermaid' Esther Williams swimming

US swimming champion-turned-movie star Esther Williams has died in Los Angeles aged 91.

A national swimming champion by the time she was 16, her success led to a career in Hollywood "aqua-musicals" designed just for her, in the 1940s.

Archive footage shows Williams, who became known as Hollywood's Mermaid, starring in films Bathing Beauty and Jupiter's Darling, as well as being interviewed about her home life.

  • 07 Jun 2013
  • From the section Europe