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