Annette Kellerman

Swimmer, Film actor

1886 – 1975

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Who was Annette Kellerman?

Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville star, film actress and writer. She 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.

She is often credited for inventing the sport of synchronised swimming after her 1907 performance of the first water ballet in a glass tank at the New York Hippodrome. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Born
Jul 6, 1886
Marrickville
Also known as
  • Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • Australia
Profession
Education
  • Mentone Girls' Grammar School
Lived in
  • Sydney
Died
Nov 5, 1975
Southport

Submitted
on July 23, 2013