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Ann Miller was born on April 12, 1923 1 and died on January 22, 2004. She was an American dancer, singer and actress, who was christened Johnnie Lucille Collier in Chireno, Texas (some sources cite Houston, Texas). April 12 is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (103rd in leap years). ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Chireno is a city located in Nacogdoches County, Texas. ... Nickname: Space City Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Mayor Bill White Area    - City 1,558 km²  (601. ...


Her father (from whom she would become estranged due to infidelities to her mother) insisted on the name Johnnie because he had wanted a boy, but she was often called Annie. She took up dancing to help exercise her legs to help her rickets. X-ray of the legs in a two-year-old child with rickets Rickets is a disorder of infancy and early childhood of multiple etiologies. ...


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 claimed that Eleanor Powell was an early inspiration. Miller was given a contract with RKO at the tender age of thirteen (she had told them she was eighteen), and stayed there until 1940. Thats Entertainment! is a 1974 documentary film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to celebrate its 50th anniversary. ... Eleanor Powell, left, in Broadway Melody of 1938. ... RKO could stand for: RKO Pictures The R.K.O. - finishing manoever (and initials) of WWE professional wrestler Randy Orton. ...


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. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American actress, comedian and star of the landmark sitcom I Love Lucy, a four time Emmy Award winner (awarded 1953, 1956, 1967, 1968) and charter member of the Television Hall of Fame. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Kiss Me, Kate is a stage musical by Samuel and Bella Spewack (book) and Cole Porter (music and lyrics) that ran for 1,077 performances and was first performed in New York on December 30, 1948. ... Easter Parade is a 1948 musical film starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. ... On the Town is a musical that opened on Broadway at the Adelphi Theatre on December 28, 1944, with music by Leonard Bernstein, book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, direction by George Abbott, and choreography by Jerome Robbins. ...


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. Tap dance was born in the United States during the 19th century, and today is popular all around the world. ...


Her film career effectively ended in 1956 as the studio system lost steam to television, but she remained active in the theatre and on television. In 1979 she astounded audiences in the Broadway show Sugar Babies with fellow MGM veteran Mickey Rooney, which toured the United States extensively after its Broadway run. In 1983 she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre. Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Sugar Babies is a musical comedy from the 1970s that was a tribute to the old burlesque era. ... Actor Mickey Rooney speaks at the Pentagon in 2000 during a ceremony honoring the USO. Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr. ... The Sarah Siddons Society is an American non-profit organization founded in 1952 by prominent Chicago theatre patrons with the goal of promoting excellence in the theatre. ... Not to be confused with the Chicago Theatre, aka Chicago Theater, built in 1921, a theater at 175 North State Street Chicago theatre refers not only to theatre performed in Chicago, Illinois but also to the movement in that town that saw a number of small, meagerly-funded companies grow...


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. The Love Boat was a TV series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from 1977 until 1986. ... Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was a star of stage and film musicals, well known for her powerful voice and vocal range. ... Carol Channing photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1956 Carol Channing (born on January 31, 1921 in Seattle, Washington) is an American actress whose career was built largely on two roles, Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello Dolly!. She is easily recognized by her distinctive... Della Reese as Tess on Touched by an Angel Della Reese (born Delloreese Patricia Early on July 6, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan), is a famous American actress and singer. ... Van Johnson Van Johnson (born Charles Van Johnson on August 25, 1916, in Newport, Rhode Island) is an American film and television actor. ... Cab Calloway, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1933 Cab Calloway (December 25, 1907–November 18, 1994) was a famous American jazz singer and bandleader. ...


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." David Lynch at Cannes in 2001. ... Mulholland Drive (often abbreviated Mulholland Dr.) is a psychological thriller written and directed by David Lynch. ... Stephen Sondheim (Birthname: Stephen Joshua Sondeim b. ... Follies is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman. ...


For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Ann Miller has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6914 Hollywood Blvd. An example of a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, for the film actress Carole Lombard. ...


She died at the age of 80 from cancer that had spread to her lungs and was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. Holy Cross Cemetery is located at 5835 W. Slauson Avenue in Culver City, California. ... Culver City is a city in western Los Angeles County, California. ...


Filmography

Anne of Green Gables (1934) is a film directed by George Nichols Jr. ... The Life of the Party is a 1930 musical comedy film photographed entirely in Technicolor. ... Stage Door is a 1937 film that tells the story of several would-be actresses who live together in a single boarding house. ... You Cant Take It with You is a 1938 Academy Award winning film directed by Frank Capra. ... Room Service is a rock album by Canadian singer/songwriter Bryan Adams released in 2004. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Melody Ranch (also known as Gene Autrys Melody Ranch ) is a 1940 film which tells the story of a singing cowboy who returns to his hometown to restore order when his former childhood enemies take over the town. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... A jam session is a musical act where musicians gather and play (or jam) without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements. ... Easter Parade is a 1948 musical film starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. ... Morganna Roberts an entertainer who became known as Morganna or Morganna, the Kissing Bandit in baseball and other sports from the early 1970s through the mid 1980s or so. ... On the Town is a musical that opened on Broadway at the Adelphi Theatre on December 28, 1944, with music by Leonard Bernstein, book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, direction by George Abbott, and choreography by Jerome Robbins. ... Small Town Girl is the debut album of country singer Kellie Pickler (American Idol), which will be released on October 31, 2006. ... The 1953 film, Calamity Jane is a Wild West-themed film It is loosely based on the life of Wild West heroine, Calamity Jane and explores a romance between Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok in the American Old West. ... Kiss Me, Kate is a stage musical by Samuel and Bella Spewack (book) and Cole Porter (music and lyrics) that ran for 1,077 performances and was first performed in New York on December 30, 1948. ... Deep in My Heart (1954) is an MGM biographical musical about the life of composer Sigmund Romberg. ... Hit the Deck is a musical theater production first staged at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway on April 25, 1927. ... The Opposite Sex (1956) is a musical remake of the 1939 classic comedy The Women. ... A Century of Cinema is a 1994 documentary directed by Caroline Thomas about the art of filmmaking (coinciding with cinemas 100th anniversary), containing numerous interviews with some of the most influential characters of the twentieth century. ... 2004 DVD release Thats Entertainment! is a 1974 documentary released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to celebrate its 50th anniversary. ... Mulholland Dr. is a motion picture, released in 2001 and directed by David Lynch. ...

References

    1.   U.S. Census, April 1, 1930. State of Texas, County of Harris, enumeration district 71, page 2A, family 86.

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    Et ceterata: Ann Miller (507 words)
    Ann Miller, born Johnnie Lucille Collier on April 12, 1923 in Houston, Texas, began dancing lessons when she was five as part of her therapy from an attack of rickets.
    Ann was signed to a seven-year contract (she was only 13 but lied and said she was 18).
    Miller asked to be let out of her contract with RKO and soon headed to New York to appear in George White's Scandals on Broadway in 1939.
    Cast: Ann Miller (923 words)
    Ann Miller was born Johnnie Lucille Coiller on April 12, 1923 in Houston, Texas.
    Ann Miller is the recipient of many awards including: The Best Legs Award from the Hall of Fame, The George M. Cohen Award for the best female Entertainer in 1980 and the prestigious Sarah Siddons; award for Best performer of the Year for Sugar Babies in 1984.
    Ann Miller died 22 January, 2004 at the age of 81 from lung cancer and was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
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