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Turner Classic Movies plans 24 hours of Esther Williams films tonight into Friday

by Brandy McDonnell Published: June 13, 2013
This May 1950 file publicity photo originally released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer shows Esther Williams on location for the film "Pagan Love Song. According to a press representative, Williams died in her sleep on Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 91. (AP)
This May 1950 file publicity photo originally released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer shows Esther Williams on location for the film "Pagan Love Song. According to a press representative, Williams died in her sleep on Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 91. (AP)

Turner Classic Movies will pay tribute to legendary film star and swimmer Esther Williams with a 24-hour marathon of films beginning at 7 tonight and continuing into Friday evening.

Williams passed away June 6 at the age of 91.

TCM’s tribute will feature 13 of Williams’ films, including her film debut in “Andy Hardy’s Double Life” (1942); her first starring vehicle, “Bathing Beauty” (1944); the colorful musical “Neptune’s Daughter” (1949); the biopic of swimmer Annette Kellerman, “Million Dollar Mermaid” (1952); the romantic comedy “Easy to Wed” (1946); and the Hawaii-set musical “Pagan Love Song” (1950).

A longtime friend of TCM, Williams served as one of the network’s first celebrity spokespeople and on-air hosts, according to a news release. In 1996, she sat down with Robert Osborne for the second of his extended interview specials, “Private Screenings.”

In 2010, Williams took part in the inaugural TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. She was on hand for a poolside screening of “Neptune’s Daughter” with co-star Betty Garrett. The evening also featured a performance by the synchronized swimming team The Aqualillies.

Here is the complete schedule of TCM’s June 13-14 tribute to Esther Williams:

Today

7 p.m. – Bathing Beauty (1944)

9 p.m. – Neptune’s Daughter (1949)

10:45 p.m. – Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

12:45 a.m. – Dangerous When Wet (1953)

2:30 a.m. – Andy Hardy’s Double Life (1942)

4:15 a.m. – Thrill of a Romance (1945)

Friday

8:15 a.m. – The Hoodlum Saint (1946)

10 a.m. – Fiesta (1947)

Noon – This Time For Keeps (1947)

2 p.m. – On An Island With You (1948)

4 p.m. – Pagan Love Song (1950)

5:30 p.m. – Texas Carnival (1951)

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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