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






Comments

  1. Hi Michaela, The Notification was on on Caftan Woman the other day and I got excited and then saw it on your blog today and got real excited. Congratulations on finishing your masters! Good Luck in the future. Looking forward to August!! Ros from Down Under.

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    1. Thank you, Ros! I felt like a total idiot when I realized this had published early, so it's nice to hear you're looking forward to it. I hope you've been doing well!

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  2. A hearty congratulations on your wonderful accomplishment!

    I'll be glad to take a peek at Dangerous When Wet for the blogathon.

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  3. Hi Michaela, Woo hoo! Congrats on finishing your masters! I'm SO excited to celebrate our girl in August. I'd like to write about my favorite Esther swim routines. Would that be ok?

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    1. Thanks!

      You can definitely do that topic! I did a post like that a few years ago and it was a lot of fun to put together. Looking forward to seeing what your picks are!

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  4. I would also like to congratulate you on the completion of grad school. I too can say the best thing about it was I'll never do that again! It was made worse for me considering I did it after having served in the Marine Corps, so my world view was not commensurate with most academic types. You can only imagine how that went...

    But this isn't about me. This is about how I would like to contribute "Take Me Out to The Ball Game" you your Esther Williams blog-a-thon.

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    1. Thank you! It's funny, I've always been great at school and I was ready to try and become a professor, but grad school was just a whole other level that I wasn't prepared for and I seemed to be constantly running behind everyone else.

      Anyway, so glad you're able to join! I should've known you'd go for the film about baseball, haha.

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    2. Oddly enough, it's harder to do "Hidden Sports Analogies" in sports-related movies :) I've updated my blog-a-thon page to include this!
      https://dubsism.com/2020-movie-blog-a-thons/
      Thanks again for letting me participate!

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  5. I had so much fun participating in the Doris Day blogathon, and I'd love to take part in this as well!

    I'd love to write about Thrill of a Romance!

    Jess at Box Office Poison

    https://boxofficepoisons.blogspot.com/

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  6. Dear Michaela,

    Congratulations on finishing your masters! This blogathon is a great way to celebrate. I would love to join with an article about "A Guy Named Joe" and another article about "The Hoodlum Saint." Thank you!

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

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  7. Dear Michaela,

    This is a follow-up to my previous comment. Instead of "A Guy Named Joe," could the topic for my second film be "Jupiter's Darling?" Thank you!

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

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    1. Thanks, Tiffany! And I love that you went with less well-known choices! :)

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  8. Oh, can I write about Fiesta (1947)?
    Kisses!
    Le from Critica Retro

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    1. Definitely! Very interested in reading your thoughts on that one!

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  9. Hi Michaela, A huge congrats for getting through your Masters! I'm so impressed. So I've been looking for a review topic the last few days and was wondering if I could write about some of her advertisements.?

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    1. Thanks, Gill!

      Oooh, that's a cool idea! It'd be awesome to have you write about that. :)

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  10. CONGRATULATIONS!! I'll write about Duchess of Idaho :)

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  11. Hi Michaela, hope all good where you are... can I change my post to my favourite moments with Esther Williams... thanks from Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews

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  12. Great job completing your master's! For this blogathon, I'd like to create a list of places where Esther left an impact, frequented, or visited. I think this would a great addition to the event!

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    1. Thank you!

      Oh, that sounds like fun! Thanks for joining!

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