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Annette Kellerman – photos and quotes

Annette Kellerman

“I’m proud as Punch of my movie acting. That is better than the tank, because I drop off a precipice once in awhile or be a mermaid in a real sea cave.”Annette Kellerman

Source: 1914

Photo: Queen of the Sea (1918)

 

Annette Kellerman

According to James Crighton Robertson’s book “The Hidden Cinema: British Film Censorship in Action, 1913-1975” (1993):

Annette Kellerman, Australian swimmer and vaudeville performer, was the first major film star to disrobe for a nude scene. The film was A Daughter of the Gods (1916), the Fox Film Corporation’s first $1,000,000 film production.

In 1975, Kellerman dismissed her famous scene, saying, “I wasn’t really nude. I had on a flesh-colored bra and a pair of BVDs.”

Photo stills from the movie, however, suggest otherwise.

Photo: Daughter of the Gods (1916)

 

"A Daughter of the Gods" (1916) with Annette Kellerman. Bizarre Los Angeles.

A Daughter of the Gods (1916)

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