Announcing the Esther Williams Blogathon!
First of all, if you subscribe to my blog (thank you!) or check in regularly, you might have noticed that this post was accidentally published yesterday before I had finished it and I didn't realize it until a full day had gone by. *face palm* Obviously my brain is still a bit scattered, even though -- drum roll, please -- I'm finally finished with my master's! I can't tell you how relieved and relaxed I've felt the past few weeks. It just further confirms for me that grad school is not something I'll be doing again, although I am really proud of one result from it: my thesis on Esther Williams.
As many of you are aware, Esther is very dear to me, and writing about her in such an extensive way was a dream, albeit a very stressful, anxiety-ridden dream. Despite that, it made me appreciate Esther even more and so I've decided to do something a few people have encouraged me to do in the past: host a blogathon dedicated to Hollywood's favorite mermaid!
Because Esther's filmography isn't very large, I'll allow any topic to be claimed a maximum of two (2) times. That being said, you can cover more than her films, such as her autobiography, her history with swimsuits, an overview of her teamings with people like Busby Berkeley, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalban, etc. You can even find some of her TV work on Amazon Prime! I will say that if any of her work with Van Johnson is taken the maximum number of times, I'll still be holding my annual Van blogathon in August, so you'd have another chance to cover it.
Again, because the topics are a bit more limited than my usual blogathons, there will be a max limit of three (3) posts per person. Also, please submit new material.
This probably goes without saying, but I won't accept any posts that are disrespectful to Esther.
I've decided to host this event on August 7-9 since the 8th would have been Esther's 99th birthday. You can post on any of the three days of the blogathon, or you can post early! I only ask that you be sure to send me your link and I'll try to post it as soon as possible.
Now grab a banner, spread the word, and I'll see you in August!
List of Participants:
Love Letters to Old Hollywood | The ABC's of Esther
Caftan Woman | Dangerous When Wet (1953)
The Classic Movie Muse | favorite Esther swim routines
Dubsism | Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
Box Office Poison | Thrill of a Romance (1945)
Pure Entertainment Preservation Society | The Hoodlum Saint (1946) and Jupiter's Darling (1955)
Realweegiemidget Reviews | favorite moments with Esther
Critica Retro | Fiesta (1947)
Champagne for Lunch | Duchess of Idaho (1950)
18 Cinema Lane | places where Esther left an impact, frequented, or visited