BEVERLY HILLS—The iconic competitive swimmer and film actress passed away at the age of 91 on Thursday, June 6, in her Los Angeles home. Williams gained fame for her synchronized swimming skills and was featured in a number of films where synchronized swimming was showcased.
Known as “America’s Mermaid” after her growing fame in the 1950s, swimming played a pivotal role in Williams’s life and was an activity she said she enjoyed daily. She was inducted in the Swimming Pool Hall of Fame in 1967 and was also the national champion in a 100 meter free style race.
Of her love of swimming, Williams has been quoted as saying “I was called America's mermaid because it appeared that I could stay underwater indefinitely.”
Williams appeared in movies including “Duchess of Idaho,” “This Time For Keeps,” and “Bathing Beauty.”
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