The Diving Venus: Annette Kellerman

A black and white head shot of Annette Kellerman, wearing a sequinned costume with feathers as part of the head-dress.
The Diving Venus: Annette Kellerman
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Variety called Annette Kellerman 'The Diving Venus' in 1909. Kellerman had moved to America in 1907 to perform her vaudeville act.

This evocative publicity still comes from her time as a silent film star.

Kellerman had many nicknames, including: The Perfectly Formed Woman, Million Dollar Mermaid, The Australian Mermaid, Cooee Girl, Queen of the Mermaids, Neptune's Daughter and Queen of the Aquatic World.

Notes by Beth Taylor