07:34 PM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 06/06/2013 01:00PM
The silver screen has long boasted many great beauties, but only one was ever worthy of the title "America's Mermaid." Esther Williams, MGM's great synchronized swimming star and box-office attraction of the '40s and '50s, has died. She was 91.
The star's publicist, Harlan Boll, told the Associated Press she died in her sleep Thursday.
Relatively removed from the public eye since the publication of her 1999 memoir, The Million Dollar Mermaid, Williams suffered some health setbacks in the past several years. In 2001, she fractured her ankle (which then became infected, necessitating the use of a walker) after a spill down some stairs in her Beverly Hills home. Then, in 2007, she suffered a stroke.
Originally posted 05/15/2009 01:00PM
Here's what you need to know about the film Mega-Shark vs. Giant Octopus: Two enormous sea creatures endanger the Pacific coast as they battle each other. The shark can leap out of the water and attack airplanes, while the octopus seems partial to destroying oil rigs. California's only hope? A heroic submarine crew that includes Deborah Gibson and Lorenzo Lamas.
Here's the surprise: The trailer for the campy sci-fi flick film has become a viral hit, scoring nearly a million hits on MTV.com in two days and racking up an additional 300,000 hits on YouTube. The movie hits the Cannes Film Festival this weekend and is enjoying brisk pre-orders before its direct-to-DVD release on May 19.
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