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Annette Kellerman costume collection

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Annette Kellerman, born in Sydney in 1886, was an endurance swimmer who created the women's one piece swimsuit. She went on to become a famous entertainer of the vaudeville stage. She developed a spectacular form of entertainment that combined diving into a glass tank, swimming and graceful underwater ballet, playing in theatres across Europe, the United States and Australia. Kellerman was the first Australian woman to star in American movies and she became a star of the American silent …