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Annette Kellerman ... Vintage  Ziegfeld Girl, Dancer, Showgirl, Actress photo 1

Annette Kellerman ... "Perfect Woman," "Queen of the Sea," "The Diving Venus"

Annette had polio or rickets and was crippled as a child... swimming became part of her daily routine and rehab. She eventually became a swimming pupil of Percy Cavill and a Long-Distance amateur swimming champion of England and Australia and the 'Swim thru Paris' match that only Champions partake. She came to America in 1905 and made a name for herself as a shapely stage swimmer in Tanks. She insured 'her shape' for 250k. MGM made a film entitled Million Dollar Mermaid which was her life story.

It was her that got the water going public to change into one piece bathing suits and helped popularize synchronized swimming. It's believed she was the first to appear nude in a 1916 major motion picture entitled A Daughter of the Gods. She received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame" in Hollywood, Ca. as well as a swimming 'Hall of Fame' inductee. She died on November 5, 1975 in Southport, Australia, Her remains were scattered in the Great Barrier Reef.

Photo 1: Miss Kellemann in one of her poses. Semi Egyptian theme.

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