Ann Miller


Ann Miller (April 12, 1923 – January 22, 2004) was an American dancer, singer and actress Miller was given a contract with RKO at the age of thirteen (she had told them she was eighteen), and remained there until 1940. The following year, Miller was offered a contract at Columbia Pictures, where she bumped friend Lucille Ball from the throne as Queen of the B-Movies. She finally hit her mark (starting in the late 1940s) in her roles in MGM musicals such as Kiss Me, Kate, Easter Parade, and On the Town. Miller was famed for her speed in tap dancing; she claimed to be able to tap 500 times per minute. She was known as well, especially later in her career, for her distinctive appearance, which reflected a studio-era ideal of glamor: massive black bouffant hair, heavy makeup with a slash of crimson lipstick, and fashions that emphasized her lithe figure and long dancer's legs. In 2001 she took her last role, playing Coco in auteur director David Lynch's critically acclaimed Mulholland Drive. Her last stage performance was a 1998 production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies, in which she played the hardboiled survivor Carlotta Campion and received rave reviews for her rendition of the anthemic I'm Still Here. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Ann Miller has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6914 Hollywood Blvd. She died at the age of 80 from lung cancer, and was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. Read more on Last.fm. User-c...

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