|Full name||Josephine Eveline McKim|
January 4, 1910|
Oil City, Pennsylvania
|Died||December 10, 1992
Woodstock, New York
|Club||Carnegie Library Athletic Club|
Josephine Eveline McKim (January 4, 1910 – December 10, 1992) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. She represented the United States at the 1928 Summer Olympics and 1932 Summer Olympics.
In the 1928 Olympics she won the bronze medal in the 400 m freestyle event. She also swam in the first heat of 4×100 m freestyle relay event, but was replaced by Eleanor Garatti in the final. Americans won the gold medal.
Four years later she won the gold medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay event and was fourth in the 100 m freestyle event.
She was also notable for her role as the body double for Maureen O'Sullivan in a deleted nude underwater scene from MGM's adventure film, Tarzan and His Mate (1934), which has since been restored to home video releases. She also had a bit part in Universal's Bride of Frankenstein (1935) as a mermaid, one of Dr. Pretorius' "miniaturized" people. This role was reprised in Columbia's The King Steps Out. She also appeared with her Olympic team mate Buster Crabbe in "Lady Be Careful" (1936). Both attended the University of Southern California. Later she had a stage career on Broadway (1938 to 1942) appearing in "Family Portrait" (1939) with Judith Anderson and Tom Ewell at the Morosco Theater and a Lee Strasburg production "Dance Night" (1938) among several others. Her husband, Gordon Chalmers, was also on the U.S. Olympic swim team of 1932 and went on to become a swimming coach at Lafayette College and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and after World War II West Point Military Academy. Later he became athletic director at Iowa State and Indiana State. They had two daughters, Margot and Donna, a collegiate gymnast. Her older sister, Musa McKim Guston, was the spouse of painter Philip Guston and a painter in her own right, as well as a published poet.
- List of Olympic medalists in swimming (women)
- World record progression 800 metres freestyle
- World record progression 4 × 100 metres freestyle relay
- Josephine McKim – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
- Josephine McKim (USA) – Honor Pioneer Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame
- Josephine McKim at the Internet Movie Database
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