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The McKim sisters (Musa & Josephine)

Josephine Eveline McKim

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Josephine Eveline McKim (January 4, 1910 – December 10, 1992), also known by her married name Josephine Chalmers, was an American swimmer who won three medals at the 1928 and 1932 Olympics. In 1928 she won the bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle event. She also swam in the first heat of 4×100-meter freestyle relay, but was replaced by Eleanor Garatti in the final. Four years later she won the gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and was fourth in the 100-meter freestyle. During her career McKim set five world records in various freestyle events.
McKim served 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 teammate Buster Crabbe in Lady Be Careful (1936).[2] 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. She married her husband, John “Jack” Chalmers, in 1947. 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.

McKim was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an “Honor Swimmer” in 1991.[3]
She and her sister were born in Oil City, Pennsylvania, and both died in Woodstock, New York in 1992.

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Musa McKim

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Musa McKim Guston, née McKim (August 23, 1908 – March 30, 1992), was a painter and poet. Born in Oil City, Pennsylvania, McKim spent much of her youth in Panama. During the Great Depression, she worked under the Section of Fine Arts, painting murals in public buildings, including a Post Office building in Waverly, New York. She was the wife of New York School artist Philip Guston, whom she met while attending the Otis Art Institute. In cooperation with him, she painted a mural in a United States Forest Service building in Laconia, New Hampshire, and panels which were placed aboard United States Maritime Commission ships. After her painting career, she wrote poetry, publishing her work in small literary magazines. Along with her husband and daughter, she lived in Iowa City, Iowa and New York City, eventually settling in Woodstock, New York.

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