Queen of the Aquatic World: Annette Kellerman

Annette Kellerman in a hand-tinted photograph. She appears to be naked but is covered by her long hair. She is sitting on a rock near a waterfall.
Title:
Queen of the Aquatic World: Annette Kellerman
NFSA ID:
585888
Year:
1916
Category:
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A publicity still of Annette Kellerman from the lost film A Daughter of the Gods (Herbert Brenon, USA, 1916). Kellerman is credited with being the first woman to appear nude in a film.

When she spoke with Joel Greenberg in 1974 for her oral history she insisted she wore a ‘very thin pair of tights’.

As you can see in this photograph a long wig was also strategically placed for modesty.