TCM airs 13 films starring the Million Dollar Mermaid and celebrates what would have been her 95th birthday today.  Here are my picks:

Bathing Beauty (1944)


Esther’s first starring role.  She plays a swimming instructor at a women’s college who is pursued by Red Skelton.

Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)


Arguably, this is Esther’s best movie.  She plays famous swimmer Annette Kellerman, one  of the first athlete turned actor.

Neptune’s Daughter (1949)


The movie has a weird plot of mistaken identity.  Who would mistake Red Skelton for Ricardo Montalbon?!!!  Anyway, the movie is known for introducing the song “Baby, it’s Cold Outside.”


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