Annette Kellerman est une Actrice Australienne née le 6 juillet 1886 à Sydney (Australie)
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Nom de naissance Annette Marie Sarah KellermanNationalité AustralieNaissance 6 juillet 1886
à Sydney (Australie
)Mort 6 novembre 1975
(à 89 ans) à Southport (Australie
Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman (6 July 1886 – 6 November 1975) was an Australian professional swimmer, vaudeville star, film actress, writer, and business owner.
Kellerman 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. Kellerman 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 A Daughter of the Gods was the first major actress to appear nude in a Hollywood production. Kellerman was an advocate of health, fitness, and natural beauty throughout her life.
Kellerman married her American-born manager, James Sullivan, on or around 26 November 1912 at Danbury, Connecticut.
A lifelong vegetarian, Kellerman owned a health food store in Long Beach, California later in life. She remained active well into old age, continuing to swim and exercise until a short time before her death. She and her husband returned to live in Australia in 1970, and in 1974 she was honoured by the International Swimming Hall of Fame at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Preceded by her husband in death, Kellerman died in the hospital at Southport, Queensland, Australia, on 6 November 1975, aged 89 and was cremated with Roman Catholic rites. Her remains were scattered in the Great Barrier Reef. She had no children.
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