Let's continue our holiday tradition by having a beauty from
Hollywood's golden age usher in the new year. In this case, it's Esther
Williams, exactly 70 years ago (hard to believe!), when she was just on the
cusp of becoming a star. Her breakthrough movie, Bathing Beauty, wouldn't be released until the summer of 1944, but
she was already getting a big publicity build-up from MGM--and that meant
posing for publicity photos like this one. Esther died earlier this year, but
she left a lasting impression, onscreen and off.