Today is Ann Miller’s Birth AnniversaryApril 12th, 2008 - 7:00 am ICT by amritpal
On 12th April 1923, Ann Miller was born to Clara Emma and John Alfred Collier. Her name was “Johnnie” apparently because her father wanted a son. Little did he know at that time, that Ann will go on to become one of the most famous American dancer, singer and actress of all times.
She took up dancing to exercise her legs to help her rickets. She was considered a child dance prodigy. Later she started tap dancing to support herself and her mother. When she won a personality contest at age ten, her mother tookher to Hollywood. While tap dancing at the Bal Tabarin, Miller was discovered by Lucille Ball and Benny Rubin, who notified RKO talent scouts. RKO was interested and Miller’s first movie, made while she was still a teenager, was New Faces of 1937.
However, her golden period came later when she acted in such musicals as Easter Parade with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, Onthe Town with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, and as Bianca in her favorite, Kiss Me Kate. Her show-stopping dancing numbers kept her alive in film for nearly two decades. Even when her film career ended in the mid-1950s, she appeared in nightclubs, on television, and occasionally on the stage and ruled the hearts of her fans.
At the age of 80, she died due to lung cancer in a Los Angeles Hospital.
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