Esther Williams-New Year-2-680

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.