Offered the title role by writer-director Albert Brooks, but things did not work out and Williams departed the project.
She was to play the overweight former swimming champion who courageously saves the lives of her fellow passengers. Her real life husband, Fernando Lamas reportedly refused to let her accept this part.
Turned down a big role in the box-office bonanza disaster movie.
Did you know that Esther Williams was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)