Esther Williams was an American competitive swimmer, actress, and businesswoman. She is best known as the namesake of the popular Esther Williams swimming pools that were manufactured by the Delair Group LLC.
Born in 1921 in Inglewood, California, Williams began swimming at a young age and quickly made a name for herself in the competitive swimming world. She set multiple national records and even competed in the 1940 Olympics, which were ultimately cancelled due to World War II.
Despite not being able to compete in the Olympics, Williams' swimming career led her to Hollywood, where she became a popular actress in the 1940s and 1950s, starring in a string of hit movies such as "Bathing Beauty," "Million Dollar Mermaid," and "Dangerous When Wet." These movies often featured Williams performing elaborate synchronized swimming routines and helped to establish her as one of the biggest stars of the era.
Throughout her career, Williams also made a name for herself as a businesswoman, with her swimming pools becoming a popular choice for homes and public swimming facilities. She also wrote several books, including her autobiography, "The Million Dollar Mermaid."
Esther Williams passed away in 2013, but her legacy lives on through her films, her swimming pools and the many people that she inspired to swim and enjoy the water.