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Swimming Stars In The Summer

Make a splash with these celebrities as they enjoy their summer the same way most people do: by jumping into a cool pool! TIME shares some classic black and white images of stars floating around on their flotation devices to inspire you this sizzling season!

Liberace at the piano-shaped pool at his home, in 1954. Photo by Loomis Dean via TIME

There’s a reason we rarely see photographs of people in swimming pools with huge frowns on their faces: namely, because jumping into — or lolling about in, or just hanging out beside — a pool on a sunny day is one of life’s enduring pleasures. The reasons we’re drawn to swimming pools, meanwhile, are as varied as the types, shapes and sizes of pools that designers and engineers have devised over the years. Some of us visit the pool for exercise; some of us, of course, are invariably poolside to see and be seen; many of us quite simply love, with a near-primal fondness, the feel of being in the water. In the end, it’s elemental: pools are cool.

Photo via TIME

The Beatles take a dip in a Miami Beach swimming pool during their first triumphant American tour, February 1964. “We could not find a heated pool that could be closed off from the rest of the press,” photographer John Loengard later said of this picture, “so we settled for one that was not … [and they] started turning blue.”

Comedian Phyllis Diller with some of her children in their backyard swimming pool, in 1963. Photo by Francis Miller via TIME

View the full gallery on TIME.

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