Esther Williams Quotes
He was smart, handsome, dependable...and dull. I respected his intelligence, and his dedication to a future career in medicine. He loved me, or so he said, and even asked me to marry him.
The Million Dollar Mermaid: An Autobiography (1999), about her first husband
I found, much to my relief, that all I needed for my emotional and personal security was my own resolve and determination. I didn't need a marriage and a ring. I had come to realize all too quickly that Leonard Kovner was not a man I could ever really love.
The Million Dollar Mermaid: An Autobiography (1999), about her divorce from her first husband
If it took nine months for a baby to be born, I figured my 'birth' from Esther Williams the swimmer to Esther Williams the movie actress would not be much different.
The Million Dollar Mermaid: An Autobiography (1999)
I've been a lucky lady. I've had three exciting careers. Before films I had the experience of competitive swimming, with the incredible fun of winning. ... I had a movie career with all the glamor that goes with it. That was ego-fulfilling, but it was like the meringue on the pie. My marriage with Fernando — that was the filling, that was the apple in the pie.
Interview with The Associated Press, 1984
With my eyes closed, I felt my tension and resistance ease away as the hallucinogen swept through me. Then, without warning, I went right to the place where the pain lay in my psyche.
Describing her experience taking LSD.
I opened my eyes and I could see, but I couldn't remember anything from the past.
About her stroke during an interview with Diane Sawyer, 2007
At that point, I really didn't know who I was. Was I that glamorous femme fatale?… Was I just another broken-down divorcée whose husband left her with all the bills and three kids?
I don't know to this day how I managed to fit into those bathing suits when I was pregnant, but I did.
If they had asked me to do some swimming scenes for a star, that would have made sense to me. But to ask me to act was sheer insanity.
I think we ought to just count our blessings. You get old. It happens, but oh, what life we had when we were young.
No one had ever done a swimming movie before so we just made it up as we went along. I ad-libbed all my own underwater movements.