Ann Miller

Actor, Dancer, Singer
A lovely and talented star of movie musicals for over two decades who then enjoyed an equally long run on the stage, Ann Miller was one of the prime practitioners of "machine gun tap dancing" and was capable of several ... Read more »
Born: 04/12/1923 in Chireno, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (57)

Mulholland Drive 2001 (Movie)

Coco Lenoix (Actor)

Radio City Music Hall's Grand Re-Opening Gala 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Head Over Heels 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sonja Henie: Fire on Ice 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Dream Factory 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucy & Desi: TV's First Couple 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Musicals Great Musicals 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Song Performer (Actor)

Home Improvement 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Stewart: Hometown Hero 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Debbie Reynolds' Movie Memories 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Thalians 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Dance Honors 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American Pastime 1956 (Movie)

Mrs Doris Patterson (Actor)

The Opposite Sex 1956 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Hit the Deck 1955 (Movie)

Ginger (Actor)

Deep in My Heart 1954 (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Kiss Me Kate 1953 (Movie)

Lois Lane/Bianca (Actor)

Small Town Girl 1953 (Movie)

Lisa Bellmount (Actor)

Lovely to Look At 1951 (Movie)

Bubbles Cassidy (Actor)

Texas Carnival 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Two Tickets to Broadway 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Watch the Birdie 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

On the Town 1949 (Movie)

Claire Huddesen (Actor)

Easter Parade 1948 (Movie)

Nadine (Actor)

The Kissing Bandit 1948 (Movie)

Fiesta Specialty Dancer (Actor)

The Thrill of Brazil 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

Eadie Was a Lady 1945 (Movie)

Eadie Allen / Edithea Alden (Actor)

Eve Knew Her Apples 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

Carolina Blues 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hey, Rookie 1944 (Movie)

Winnie Clark (Actor)

Jam Session 1944 (Movie)

Terry Baxter (Actor)

Reveille With Beverly 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

What's Buzzin' Cousin? 1942 (Movie)

Ann Crawford (Actor)

Priorities on Parade 1941 (Movie)

Donna D'Arcy (Actor)

True to the Army 1941 (Movie)

Vicki Marlow (Actor)

Go West, Young Lady 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Time Out For Rhythm 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hit Parade of 1941 1939 (Movie)

Anabelle Potter (Actor)

Melody Ranch 1939 (Movie)

Julie Shelton (Actor)

Too Many Girls 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

You Can't Take It With You 1938 (Movie)

Essie Carmichael (Actor)

Radio City Revels 1937 (Movie)

Billie [Shaw] (Actor)

Room Service 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

New Faces of 1937 1936 (Movie)

Dancer Ann Miller (Actor)

Stage Door 1936 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

The Life of the Party 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

Having Wonderful Time (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A lovely and talented star of movie musicals for over two decades who then enjoyed an equally long run on the stage, Ann Miller was one of the prime practitioners of "machine gun tap dancing" and was capable of several hundred taps per minute. Starting in small productions from studios like RKO and Columbia, the long-legged brunette gradually worked her way up to the big-budget musical extravaganzas produced by MGM, where she received guidance from top flight choreographers like Busby Berkeley, Hermes Pan and Nick Castle, and was dubbed Ann "Legs" Miller by influential gossip columnist Walter Winchell. Though her 5 foot-7-inch frame reportedly intimidated screen partners Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, Miller's beauty and irrefutable dancing and singing abilities won her a following, thanks to hits like "Easter Parade" (1948), "On the Town" (1949), "Two Tickets to Broadway" (1951), "Small Town Girl" (1952) and "Kiss Me Kate" (1953). When her MGM contract ended in the mid-1950s, Miller took her talents to the stage and went on to star in various productions, including a hugely successful nine-year run in the musical comedy smash "Sugar Babies" alongside Mickey Rooney. Cast mostly as the second lead in her movies, she did not attain the heights of popularity enjoyed by Ginger Rogers or Eleanor Powell, but Miller was a dazzler in her own right and one of the premiere tap dancers and all-around performers in the Golden Age of movie musicals.

Relationships

Clara Emma Collier

Mother

Child
died at birth c. 1947

Arthur Cameron

Husband
third husband divorced

John Collier

Father
separated from Miller's mother while Miller was a child

Reese Milner

Husband
divorced

William Moss

Husband
second husband divorced

EDUCATION

Lawler Professional School

Hollywood, California

Milestones

1999

Had featured role in the David Lynch-directed pilot "Mulholland Drive"; when ABC passed on series, Lynch shot additional footage and turned project into feature film; screened at Cannes in 2001; released theatrically in USA in 2001

1998

Played Carlotta Campion in a revival of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical "Follies" at the Paper Mill Playhouse

1994

Was one of the hosts of the compilation documentary looking back at the MGM movie musical, "That's Entertainment! III"

1989

Took "Sugar Babies" to London

1976

Again toured in "Anything Goes"

1974

Played Reno Sweeney in a tour of "Anything Goes"

1969

Made classic Heinz "Great American Soup" commercial written by Stan Freberg

1956

Last films, "The Opposite Sex" and "The Great American Pastime"

1953

Played Lois Lane/Bianca in the film version of "Kiss Me Kate"

1949

Co-starred in "On the Town"

1948

Signed with MGM; first film there, "Easter Parade"

1940

On loan to Republic, co-starred in "Melody Ranch" and "Hit Parade of 1941"

1939

Broadway debut in George White's "Scandals of 1939"

1938

Appeared with the Marx Brothers in "Room Service"

1938

Loaned to Columbia for "You Can't Take It With You"

1937

Lied about her age (by adding four years) and landed a seven-year contract with RKO; gained attention with a supporting role in "Stage Door"

Starred on Broadway in "Sugar Babies"

Made frequent appearances in nightclubs and in television variety specials and series throughout the late 1950s and 1960s

Was one of the replacement stars of the Broadway musical, "Mame"; later toured with the show (1970-71)

Appeared in a tour of the stage comedy "Cactus Flower"

Set a record in the early 1940s for the fastest tap-dancing, producing over 500 tap sounds in one minute

Toured in "Sugar Babies"

Began tap dancing at age five (date approximate)

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