Former Palm Springs Resident Esther Williams Dies At 91

million-dollar-murmaid-esther-williams-palm-springsFormer Palm Springs resident, and 1940s and ’50s movie star, has died at the age of 91.

At the height of her career, Williams made a series of hit MGM movies known as “aquamusicals,” which featured Busby Berkeley style performances spotlighting synchronized swimming and diving extravaganzas. (Berkeley was also a Palm Springs resident.)

Williams’ co-stars included other Palm Springs former residents and locals, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Howard Keel and Ricardo Montalban. In 1962, she married Fernando Lamas, her co-star in “Dangerous When Wet,” and retired from public life.

Williams called The Mesa neighborhood of Palm Springs home. One of the city’s oldest and most exclusive communities, many other celebrities have and still do call The Mesa home. A few of the celebrity residents, past and present, include Barry Manilow, Suzanne Sommers, Johnny Mercer, Trina Turk, Rudolph Valentino, Joseph Cotton, George Montgomery, Robert Taylor, Tom Bosley, Van Clyburn, Kate Starr, Kirk Douglas, Hermione Gingold and Sonny and Cher, among others.

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