Annette Kellerman

Australian swimmer, vaudeville star, film actress and writer (1886–1975) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Annette Marie Sarah Kellermann (6 July 1886 – 6 November 1975)[1] was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville star, film actress, and writer.

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Kellermann in her famous one-piece bathing suit, c. 1906
Annette Marie Sarah Kellermann

(1886-07-06)6 July 1886[1]
Died6 November 1975(1975-11-06) (aged 89)
Resting placeGreat Barrier Reef
Occupation(s)Swimmer, actress, writer
Known forSwimmer, actress, writer, Inventor of Synchronised Swimming, Pioneer of women's swimwear
James Raymond Louis Sullivan
(m. 19121975)
Parent(s)Alice Charbonnet-Kellermann
Frederick William Kellermann

Kellermann was one of the first women to wear a one-piece bathing costume, instead of the then-accepted pantaloons, and inspired others to follow her example. Kellerman's swimming costumes became so popular that she started her own fashion line of one-piece bathing suits. Kellermann helped popularize the sport of synchronised swimming, and authored a swimming manual. She appeared in several movies, usually with aquatic themes, and as the star of the 1916 film A Daughter of the Gods was the first major actress to appear nude in a Hollywood production. Kellermann was an advocate of health, fitness, and natural beauty throughout her life.