Somehow I kept my head above water. I relied on the discipline, character, and strength that I had started to develop as that little girl in her first swimming pool.
It appeared as if I had invited the audience into the water with me, and it conveyed the sensation that being in there was absolutely delicious.
What the public expects and what is healthy for an individual are two very different things.
When you're out of sight for as long as I was, there's a funny feeling of betrayal that comes over people when they see you again.
Clark Gable was the first to have called me a mermaid.
I took a job at the pool in order to earn the five cents a day it cost to swim. I counted wet towels. As a bonus, I was allowed to swim during lunchtime.
Everything about my teenage life was almost ideal.
The wisdom acquired with the passage of time is a useless gift unless you share it.
Even though I had a lucrative contract with MGM, I had a husband who was drinking and gambling our money away faster than I could make it.
I was all in gold sequins for Million Dollar Mermaid, 50 feet in the air.
I took my daily swim at the Beverly Hills Hotel pool despite the presence of onlookers.
Traveling to swimming meets took me beyond my small-town existence, gave me a hint of the exciting world outside of my own home.
I ended up buying a restaurant. Already we had invested in a gas station and a metal products plant.
I was the only swimmer in movies. Tarzan was long gone, and he couldn't have done them anyway; he could never have gotten into my bathing suit.
The newspapers loved pinup pictures of pretty young swimmers, and as a national champion, I got more than my share of space in the sports pages.
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