Rebel Wilson is set to receive the inaugural Screen Nsw Annette Kellerman Award.
Kellerman was born in Marrickville, Sydney in 1887, learning to swim as a teen in order to regain the use of her legs, having suffered from rickets..
She became an endurance swimmer and diver, then became a vaudeville star before embarking on a career in Hollywood, where she starred in The Mermaid (1911), A Daughter of the Gods (1916), Queen of the Sea (1918) and Venus of the South Sea (1924)..
Esther Williams portrayed Kellerman in the biopic Million Dollar Mermaid in 1952. Kellerman died in 1975, aged 89.
The new award will be presented annually by Screen Nsw, in a partnership with Australians In Films and Vogue Australia, to "a screen industry figure who has been a pioneering role model for Australian women."
.Rebel Wilson's blazed her own unique trail in Hollywood and.—.like Annette Kellerman before her.—.she's a complete original; a superstar without peer,
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