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  • Best Pin Up of WW II: Esther Williams vs Yvonne de Carlo (Round 3)

    Esther Williams

    Esther Jane Williams (born August 8, 1921) started her life in Inglewood, California; the youngest of five children. Esther was enthusiastic about swimming in her youth - taking a job counting towels at a swimming pool to pay the five cent entry fee - and while there, she had swimming lessons from the male lifeguards. From them, she learned the 'male only' swimming strokes, including the butterfly breaststroke, with which she would later break records. By age 16, Williams had won three U.S. National championships in breaststroke and freestyle swimming. In 1939, she expressed interest in pursuing a degree in physical education in order to teach it one day. To earn money to pay tuition, Esther took a job as a stock girl at I. Magnin department store, where she also modelled clothing for customers and appeared in newspaper advertisements.

    While Esther was working at I. Magnin, she was asked to audition for Billy Rose's Aquacade show. Williams impressed Rose, and she got the role. Esther was partnered with Olympic swimmer and Tarzan star Johnny Weissmuller, who - as Williams wrote in her autobiography - repeatedly tried to seduce her during the show's run. It was at the Aquacade that Williams caught the attention of MGM scouts. After appearing in several small roles, alongside Mickey Rooney in an 'Andy Hardy' film, and future five time co-star Van Johnson in 'A Guy Named Joe', Esther made a series of films in the 1940s and early 1950s known as "aquamusicals", which featured elaborate performances with synchronized swimming and diving. From 1945 to 1949, Esther had at least one film listed among the 20 highest grossing films of the year. In 1952, she appeared in her only biographical role, as Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman in 'Million Dollar Mermaid', which would go on to become her nickname while at MGM.

    Esther left MGM in 1956 and appeared in a handful of unsuccessful feature films, followed by several extremely popular water-themed television specials, including one from Cypress Gardens, Florida. Since her retirement from film in the 1960s, Esther has become a businesswoman, lending her name to a line of swimming pools and retro swimwear, instructional swimming videos for children, and serving as a commentator for synchronized swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Esther has been married four times, having three children with her second husband, singer/actor Ben Gage. She currently resides in Beverly Hills with actor husband Edward Bell.
    Esther is another one of my favourites.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esther_Williams












    Yvonne de Carlo

    (September 1, 1922 – January 8, 2007) In1940, when De Carlo was first runner-up to "Miss Venice Beach" and was hired by a showman as a dancer at the Florentine Gardens. She had been dancing for Granlund only a short time when she was arrested by immigration officials and deported to Canada, but in January 1941, Granlund sent a telegram to Canadian immigration officials pledging his sponsorship of De Carlo in the United States, and affirmed his offer of steady employment, both requirements to reenter the country. n December 1941, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor signaled America's entrance into World War II. During this period she engaged in morale boosting performances for U.S. servicemen. De Carlo was a favorite leading lady in the 1940s, and a recipient of many letters from GI's …. But most of you probably remember her as Lilly Munster.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yvonne_de_Carlo











    Who will advance to the next Round?

    Vote!
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    Esther Williams
    42.55%
    40
    Yvonne de Carlo
    57.45%
    54
    Last edited by Admiral; 15 Sep 11, 21:14. Reason: Best Pin Up of WW II

  • #2
    Yvonne, just!
    "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
    Ernest Hemingway.

    Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?

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    • #3
      What a surprise!!!!!!!

      I thought I might be the only one to vote Esther. She has a better charisma, friendly, not on an ego trip and still VERY attractive
      "Ask not what your country can do for you"

      Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

      you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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      • #4


        Tough call, but Yvonne for the Gold!


        On the Plains of Hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to rest-and resting... died. Adlai E. Stevenson

        ACG History Today

        BoRG

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        • #5
          Yvonne gets my vote but Esther is pretty.
          “When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'.”
          ― Groucho Marx

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          • #6
            Yvonne gets my vote.
            "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."
            — Groucho Marx

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            • #7
              This is a close one...

              Yvonne.
              It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.-George S. Patton

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              • #8
                I expected Yvonne in a landslide. looks like it's going to be close.

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                • #9
                  All the tasteless twits from the country going to put her over the top......

                  Were is that finger waving smiley when we need it.

                  "Ask not what your country can do for you"

                  Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

                  you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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                  • #10
                    All the way to the final with Yvonne.

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                    • #11
                      I'm going to have to agree with John, Esther is my choice. Although, Yvonne looks just like Catherine Zeta-Jones in that first picture of hers. Perhaps I should have worded that the other way around.
                      ...how useless it was to struggle against fortune, this being the burden of wisdom which the ages had bequeathed to him.

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                      • #12
                        Esther in this one, but only just....

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                        • #13
                          Not easy, because Esther is one of my favourites but ...

                          ... I'm going to be a tasteless twit from the country. Yvonne.
                          "Chatfield, there seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today!"
                          Vice Admiral Beatty to Flag Captain Chatfield; Battle of Jutland, 31 May - 1 June, 1916.

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                          • #14
                            You need to use the right images of Ms. de Carlo!!!






                            Eagles may fly; but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines!

                            "I'm not expendable; I'm not stupid and I'm not going." - Kerr Avon, Blake's 7

                            What didn't kill us; didn't make us smarter.

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                            • #15
                              They are both great pics, Richard, but to my eye the ones we have - together as a group - serve Yvonne just as well. A couple of them, in the eyes of some of us at least, maybe even better than those two IMO.

                              Relax, mate. The members have already seen the other two pics. You showed them before, remember?
                              If Yvonne has got the goods to make it to the final - in the opinions of the majority of voting members - she'll get there. I think her chances are looking quite good but if she doesn't win outright, with respect, I don't think it'll be down to differences in the choice of pics.
                              Last edited by panther3485; 17 Sep 11, 00:49.
                              "Chatfield, there seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today!"
                              Vice Admiral Beatty to Flag Captain Chatfield; Battle of Jutland, 31 May - 1 June, 1916.

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