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Ann Miller

Real name: Johnnie Lucille Collier
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Biography

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Miller was born Johnnie Lucille Ann Collier in Chireno, Texas, daughter of Clara Emma (née Birdwell) and John Alfred Collier, a criminal lawyer who represented Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow and Baby Face Nelson, among others. Miller's maternal grandmother was Cherokee. Miller's father insisted on the name Johnnie because he had wanted a boy, but she was often called Annie. She took up dancing to exercise her legs to help her rickets. She was considered a child dance prodigy. In an interview featured in a "behind the scenes" documentary on the making of the compilation That's Entertainment III, she said that Eleanor Powell was an early inspiration.

She appeared in a special 1982 episode of The Love Boat, joined by fellow showbiz legends Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, Della Reese, Van Johnson, and Cab Calloway in a storyline that cast them as older relatives of the show's regular characters. 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".

Miller also performed a guest appearance on Home Improvement as a dance instructor to Tim and Jill. 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 cancer which had metastasized to her lungs, and was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

Features:
- Anne of Green Gables (1934)
- The Good Fairy (1935)
- The Devil on Horseback (1936)
- New Faces of 1937 (1937)
- The Life of the Party (1937)
- Stage Door (1937)
- Radio City Revels (1938)
- Having Wonderful Time (1938)
- You Can't Take It with You (1938)
- Room Service (1938)
- Tarnished Angel (1938)
- Too Many Girls (1940)
- Hit Parade of 1941 (1940)
- Melody Ranch (1940)
- Time Out for Rhythm (1941)
- Go West, Young Lady (1941)
- True to the Army (1942)
- Priorities on Parade (1942)
- Reveille with Beverly (1943)
- What's Buzzin', Cousin? (1943)
- Hey, Rookie (1944)
- Jam Session (1944)
- Carolina Blues (1944)
- Eadie Was a Lady (1945)
- Eve Knew Her Apples (1945)
- The Thrill of Brazil (1946)
- Easter Parade (1948)
- The Kissing Bandit (1948)
- On the Town (1949)
- Watch the Birdie (1950)
- Texas Carnival (1951)
- Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)
- Lovely to Look At (1952)
- Small Town Girl (1953)
- Kiss Me, Kate (1953)
- Deep in My Heart (1954)
- Hit the Deck (1955)
- The Opposite Sex (1956)
- The Great American Pastime (1956)
- Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)
- A Century of Cinema (1994) (documentary)
- That's Entertainment! III (1994)
- Mulholland Drive (2001)
- Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003) (documentary)
- Goodnight, We Love You (2004) (documentary)

Short Subjects:
- Meet the Stars #8: Stars Past and Present (1941)
- Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 1 (1941)
- Some of the Best (1949)
- Mighty Manhattan, New York's Wonder City (1949)



 


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