Upon reading about the passing of Esther Williams I thought only of two things — Jeff Chandler wearing a dress and high heels (I don’t believe Williams would fabricate such a story if it wasn’t true) and Williams having been inspired by Cary Grant to drop LSD. Which I respect and admire.

From EW’s Wiki page: “In September 1959, Grant confessed to Look magazine that he had taken LSD under a doctor’s supervision, and it had changed his life. He said acid helped him find ‘a tough inner core of strength.’ Shortly after reading the Look article, she contacted Grant. He called his doctor and made an appointment for her. Williams said LSD seemed like instant psychoanalysis.”

Here’s a fairly long excerpt about her LSD experiences, taken from her autobiography The Million Dollar Mermaid.