My little classic film-obsessed heart always goes crazy when I catch a reference Gaga makes to classic film. I love the parts of “Applause” that are straight from Melies and how she’s possibly referencing Igmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal” with this look:
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Actress/Competitive Swimmer - Esther Williams (August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013)
Ever since she was a little girl, Esther Williams had grown up in the water. She spent most of her time either swimming in the public pools or was down at the beach. Not only did she train to swim, but she also worked at pools in order to support the cost to swim. Her job was counting wet towels for five cents a day and swam on her lunch break. By the time she was a teenager, Ms. Williams was a part of the Los Angeles Athletic Club and had won three national championships.