Monday, July 19, 2010

A Comparison Between Esther Williams and Estella Warren

Esther Williams' youth was spent as a teenage swimming champion. She eventually was spotted by a MGM talent scout while working in a Los Angeles department store.

She made her film debut with MGM in a 1942 "Andy Hardy" picture called Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942). She became Mickey Rooney's love interest in the movie, and her character was called "Sheila Brooks".

Following this short movie, stardom was not far away. MGM created a special sub-genre for her known as "Aqua Musicals". Her first swimming role was in Bathing Beauty (1944). "Bathing Beauty" was a simple movie compared to her later big splashes such as Million Dollar Mermaid (1952). Esther Williams was often called "America's Mermaid", as it appeared that she could stay underwater forever!

Estella Warren was a synchronized swimmer from the age of seven until 17 in her native Canada. She moved away from home at 12 to train for the Canadian National Team. She was the Canadian National Champion for three years and represented her country at the World Aquatic Championship, where she placed second. A talent scout who came to a charity high school fashion show in which she appeared was impressed enough with her to take a Polaroid of her and send it to a New York City modeling agency. She was almost immediately signed to a modeling contract, and eventually appeared in "Sports Illustrated", "Vogue", "Vanity Fair". Estella soon began appearing in films such as Driven, Planet Of The Apes, Kangaroo Jack and The Cooler. And it was on the director's ability to squeeze in a swimming scene at some point in most of her movies.

I just thought it was cool to compare these two lovely women who were great swimmers that became movie stars. And it's kinda of weird that they both have the same initials in their name EW, both are swimmers, and both are actresses. What do you think Dawn?


Tom said...

Interesting comparison Monty. I knew Estella Warren from her modeling days, but I didn't realize she was in so many movies.

Dawn said...

Monty, I'm not familiar with Estella Warren performances. I will have to check out her movies and get back with you. Awesome comparison!