- Ann is candid, and charming. I wish she had had a few more film opportunities in the 50s and 60s. She was a whole lot more than her giant lacquered wigs on The Merv Griffin Show- but those were great too. She was sensational in Sugar Babies when I saw it on Broadway in 1982.
- She always looked like her face needed a good scrubbing and her breath stank of lung worms and recrimination.
- r2, wow!
- Ann was a real pisser.
- Ann looked like she bathed in formaldehyde. Her face was pure wax in her later years.
- What did she do to her nose in the 1960s? It slowly disappeared off her face. She had a perfectly good nose throughout the 1950s.
- Saw her in a Love Boat rerun with Ethel Merman and Della Reese. She obviously was a good sport about the giant lacquered wigs and didn't mind comments. The three characters got into an argument and Della looked at Ann Miller and threatened to "break your hair."
- I loved this commercial as a preschool gayling:
- Whose snatches did she get to munch on?
- Maybe D. Porter would know?
- Loved her in "Mulholland Dr." I'd love to know what she thought of David Lynch and the weirdness of that movie.
- When she talks about going to the grocery store it made me laugh (because of the Punchy Players clip) - and the way she says "order" is just like in the Punchy Players.
- Ann is adorable in that clip!
As critical as she is of modern films and stars, she keeps apologizing for it. She completely gets that times have changed and acknowledges it.
I don't think she was known for any big affairs with costars. All of her efforts went into billionaires.
And just where did her nose go (I think that's me in January at r6!)?
- LEG UP!!!
- Love Annie but that dreadful interviewer will not shut up!
- Her drunk husband threw her down a flight of stairs breaking her back. She was pregnant at the time. When she delivered the baby, it died shortly after due to injuries sustained in the fall.
- What did they do to her husband? Kill him, I hope.
- The Punchy Players clip, because it's fucking hilarious...
"We've got a special on raw sauerkraut, but you've got to keep a lid on it because it smells like garbage!"
- Nothing happened to the husband, they just divorced. It was a different time then,
- [quote]The Punchy Players clip, because it's fucking hilarious...
LOVE how she pronounces "Judy" almost as "Jody"!
- Annie invented pantyhose, you know.
She also introduced Lucy to Desi.
And she was only 14 when she made Stage Door with Katharine Heburn and Ginger Rogers. Even if she looked 32.
- Was she friends with June Allyson?
- Actually, I think today's actresses have it a bit tougher on the glamour front, because of the paparazzi. Today's actresses don't dress semi-formally to run out for a pint of milk, the way Joan Crawford did, but if they don't wear different designer shoes every damn day the paps record it and the gossip bloggers snark that they're wearing the same thing twice.
Princess Kate has taken to wearing her outfits more than once, and for public events. I hope she becomes the new trendsetter.
- Ann's outtakes.
- I love Ann! She is so fun to listen to in this interview and she has a true warmth about her that is irresistible. I saw her in Sugar Babies on Broadway in 1982 as well (it ran for about 6+years, on the road, Broadway, and then back on the road, then London!), and she was truly sensational. Her tapping at 60 years old was incredible and her presence onstage was big enough to counter her co-star Mickey Rooney. I also saw her almost 25 years later in Follies at Papermill Playhouse. She had trouble walking, but not singing, and she was just great as Carlotta. There will never be another one!
- Paris Hilton is not glamorous? She flashes her "you know what" at the cameras. How much classier than that can you get?
- Ann Miller with her mother, Clara
- ^ Ann was smoking hot as a young woman. You can really see the Cherokee in her in that photo.
- Love Ann Miller. One time we were waiting in line for the movies near Rockefeller Center I forget, the Guild? Anyway, Ann looked over at us (four fairies) and smiled broadly and said "Howdy Boys"!
I think the June Allyson thing is from the ridiculously bad, yet camp film "the Opposite Sex" where the hugely musically talented Ann Miller was not utilized and the boring, musically untalented June was given a huge number.
- That was a great clip, haven't seen it before. She does have a good point, though. Compared to even 15 or 20 years ago, today's so-called "stars" mostly look like shit, just like the rest of the U.S. population.
- You've got that right r31.
- Where does Ann saying "carn holders" come from?
- My first meeting with her was in 'Mulholland Dr.' of David Lynch. I will never forget this movie and of course 'Coco' was one of the images that linger like the rest images of this movie on your mind for a long time. It comes and it goes...
- What a bizarre accent she had and Punchy Players do it fabulously she really is so right about today's stars they not only dress pedestrian but they are pedestrian.
I thought Maureen O'Hara introduced Desi to Lucy.
- Ann Miller as it is said by many people who knew her and by many who didn't and just see her in the movies, was a great dancer. She was dancing wonderfully! I can see that in Easter Parade. She sings and dances "Shakin' the Blues Away" and she can blow your mind by doing that. High five to her!
- Did she keep getting nose jobs as she aged? Her nose looked so normal when she was young but it was almost non-existent in her later years.
- [quote]Did she keep getting nose jobs as she aged? Her nose looked so normal when she was young but it was almost non-existent in her later years.
I think she fell and broke her when dancing and didn't like how it looked when it healed so she decided to get it "fixed".
- A tribute to Ann Miller. High five, high five to you Miss Ann Miller!
- R23, sorry, i don't know if she and June Allyson were friends, but i know for sure that Ann Miller was a close friend of Linda Darnell.
I searched and i found a photo of Ann Miller with June Allyson in an older age, you maybe have seen it but in case you haven't, here it is...below!
- She played in perhaps the best movie of all times. To me it is the best movie of all times so far and i won't be humble about it, i have seen more than a lot.
There is nothing like Mulholland Dr.
As i read and you can read it in the link i sent you below, Ann Miller was very fond of her dog. The dog's name is Koko. And guess what!Her character's name in Mulholland Dr is 'Coco'!
"She is a real straight shooter, just the kindest, most professional, anything-goes great gal you ever want to meet." (David Lynch about Ann Miller)
- Linda Darnell was very close friends with Ann Miller.
'After San Francisco, Howard (Hughes) wooed Linda with a vengeance', Ann Miller said,'in spite of my warnings, that he would use her and then drop her. I also warned her about other women. I knew Lana in those days too'. She was referring, of course, to Lana Turner at MGM. 'Lana told me that she was going to become the next Mrs.Howard Hughes. I also knew Gene Tierney, who, in spite of Oleg Cassini, was also considering walking down the aisle with Hughes. Even Paulette Goddard hoped that she might marry Howard, that he'd jump-start her career the way Chaplin had done.'
Linda Darnell convinced herself that she and Hughes would marry, and her heart become set on it, even though Hughes began backing off. Hughes couldn't bring himself to confront Linda. Instead, he made a dinner date with Linda's close friend, MGM dancing star Ann Miller, and asked her to tell Linda there would be no wedding.
'He was very peculiar and would kind of halfway propose to these girls. And he could be very, very convincing, leading them to believe that a wedding was just on the horizon. It could be very sad', Miller recalled. 'When i told Linda what Howard said, and about all the other girls he had on the string, she was badly hurt.'
Actually, Hughes had called Ann Miller, shortly before his crash, telling her he had a problem with Linda. He didn't want to hurt her, he explained to Ann over dinner, but neither was he planning marriage. 'I think the world of Linda', he said. 'I know that she's becoming very serious and really thinks i'm going to marry her. I haven't encouraged her in this at all because i don't want to get married'. He also mentioned to Ann that Pev Marley (Darnell's estranged husband)had asked for a substantial sum of money before he would agree to let Linda go. 'I'm not going to let any man do that to me', said Hughes. 'It has sort of turned me off.'
Ann talked to Linda the next day, attempting to soften the blow, but Linda took it very bad.
(Extracts from the books 'Howard Hughes:The Untold Story', 'Hollywood Beauty:Linda Darnell and the American Dream', 'Howard Hughes:Hell's Angel'
- Ann Miller
1923 - 2004
“I never played politics, I was never a party girl, and I never slept with any of the producers.” (Ann Miller)
Ann claimed she could tap 500 times a minute
Her body was taken to Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, to be buried with her daughter that died 3 hours after she was born (Anne fell down stairs while 9 months preggers)
And yes R17 you are sadly correct.
During an interview with Robert Osborne for Turner Classic Movies, Ann Miller said that when she was 9 months pregnant with Reese Milner's child, he got drunk one night, beat Ann up and threw her down a flight of stairs. Ann broke her back and had to give birth with a broken back.
- She was not known to always tell the truth.
- A great gif. of Ann and Linda tossing goodie bags to servicemen for Christmas at the Hollywood canteen.
(Courtesy of the swell Darnell fan in the Linda Darnell thread)
- Here is Ann Miller, Ethel Merman, and Miller's good friend and "Opposite Sex" co-star, Dolores Gray.
- Still I doubt she lied about the miscarriage - it impacted the way she MGM had to costume her in Easter Parade, if I recall from some book I read years ago - maybe Ann's biography which I took out of the library as a teenage gay boy who also saw and loved SUGAR BABIES in 1982.
- R44, no one can tell always the truth. However, why you say that about Ann Miller? Any details please?
Beautiful shot R45 and i'm going to watch now the full video R46.
- Kisses to R47 too. You seem cute by the way you write.
- Carn holders!
- Jud-deh, I can ring you up on Register Far!
- Wasn't she anti-gay?
- The Benderfrau of the species acts just like Anderson when confronted with evidence of Ben getting it on outside the relationship: he never acknowledged it, either.
- Those Punchy Players videos make me laugh out loud. The vocal impersonations are perfect.
- Isn't this the same woman who doesn't know to take off her old make up before she puts new make up on?
- Ann Miller stole every scene in "Kiss, Me Kate".
- If her birth date was 1923, then she was just 14 in 1937's Stage Door.
Is that really possible?
The calla lillies are in bloom!
- I read that her birth date was 1922 so 15 at Stage Door time. I wouldn't rely on what Ann said about her age. She lied for so many years she couldn't remember the truth!
There was the old joke: "Did you hear? Ann Miller fell and broke her hair!"
Oh, Mary, comment: Her dancing in Easter Parade alone would have made her cinematic reputation. (Plus she got to have scenes with the beautiful Peter Lawford.)
- Nice video indeed R46. :)
R57 as far as i know and you probably know that as well,"Kiss, Me Kate", was the favourite movie of Ann Miller among her movies.
And yes, guys, those Punchy Players videos are all the money! Thanks to you i grew fond of them, i haven't the slightest idea about them before.
- Ann Miller has seen her hair right?
- When she died, I'm pretty sure sales of AquaNet plummeted.
- I loved Ann Miller. Her interviews in her later years were always great - the poster who said she was a kind of star we will never see again is right.
One of her best numbers was "Too Darn Hot" from "Kiss Me Kate," a movie that was pretty much one sexual double entendre after another, and very entertaining.
- R64 omg...from 1:23 until the end of this video Ann Miller is MAGICAL. PERFECTION! She was such a good dancer indeed. Wow. Incredible dancing! It's so wonderful, it's almost unreal. Flawless moments.
- Ann Miller is spirited, mischievous, and sexy with her trademark black hair, ruby red lips, and slender legs (“Why that's absurd, I wouldn't dream of displaying my legs,” snaps an icy Grayson as Lilli. “What's the matter with your legs? Are you knock-kneed?” Ann as Lois retorts.) Towards the start of Kiss Me Kate, Miller performs one of her famous tap dance routines (the studio line that she tapped 500 times a minute was a lie), and she is brilliant during her performance of “Too Darn Hot.” You never want the routine to end and you can't wait to see what she does next. Reportedly, for a number of her films, she looped the sound of the sped up so-called 500 taps, while watching herself on film, and then danced on a tap board to match with her dance steps in the film.
- Ann Miller
- With Agnes Moorehead
- Shades of...Ann
- What a broad!
- But nothing the Punchy Players has produced equals or surpasses their SHOW AND TELL WITH JUDY GARLAND, which is absolutely and brilliantly hilarious.
- Who's Ann Miller?
- Lol R72, wtf!
R73, open your eyes baby.
- Coco in 'Mulholland Dr'....
I love when Coco says to Betty:
'What you're telling me is a load of horse pucky even though it comes from a good place.'
Beautiful Ann Miller 1944 Portrait Photo From CAROLINA BLUES
- 1940s SOPHISTICATED ART DECO GLAMOROUS ANN MILLER PIN UP PHOTOGRAPH NED SCOTT NR
- Rare Ann Miller photo
- Strike the pose
- I love that dress. It's so smart and it suits her looks.
- 1956 Ann Miller, June Allyson, Dolores Gray The Opposite Sex Wire Photo
- That's Ann Sheridan, not Dolores Gray
- Ok Mama.
- But I want to hear more about the Ann Miller frog collection!!
- Judy to the rescue!!! Carn hawlders!
- Lol R87, hilarious! Great stuff.
- I only know who she is because she was in Mulholland Drive.
- Yes, for the first time i met her in Mulholland Drive too. I'm glad i did.
- Ann of a Thousand Taps
- [quote]I only know who she is because she was in Mulholland Drive.
Ann has the distinction of being in two of the greatest movie musicals of all time - "Easter Parade" and "Kiss Me, Kate", everyone ought to see them.
[quote]“People are starved for glamour, because there is so much dullness in their everyday lives. They look to stars to provide it, off screen as well as on…”
Ann's dedication to the public is inspiring.
- Q: Annie are you working on Passover?
AM: Oh honey, you know I don't do game shows.
- Cyd Charisse has got her beat as she was actually in the 2 greatest EVER Hollywood musicals Singin' in the Rain and The Bandwagon.
- I did my own singing, Cyd.
- Annie was sensational in "Sugar Babies" on Broadway. I couldn't believe how wonderful she was.
- Ann Miller had the glamour and magic of her era. Wonderful dancer and actress.
- I have heard that when Ann lost her baby, she would go to the baby's grave often and cry saying, oh my baby, baby. Her heart was broken for the rest of her life because she lost her baby. She wanted a child so much. I think she was not able to have a baby after what that monster did to her.
Here is a bit of gossip about Sugar Babies. I worked this lady who had a friend who was a dancer in Las Vegas. She said, When Sugar Babies was in Las Vegas she was one of the background dancers. She said Mickey Rooney drank like there was no tomorrow and when he drank, he was thee nastiest people she ever met in her life. I should have asked about Ann Miller but I didn't think at the time.
- Maybe Mickey Rooney introduced Ava(Gardner) to heavy drinking R98.
- "What did she do to her nose in the 1960s?"
For some weird reason, many people have their nose done when they have their face lifted, even if it's just a slight nose "adjustment" like Ellen Degeneres had. Other nose jobs w/facelifts: Betty Ford, Andy Williams, Kim Novack.
- [quote]Cyd Charisse has got her beat as she was actually in the 2 greatest EVER Hollywood musicals Singin' in the Rain and The Bandwagon.
Judy Garland beats Charisse with "The Wizard of Oz" and "Meet Me in St. Louis".
- I saw Ann in "Sugar Babies", and "Follies". She's seen as a joke to some idiots, but she was truly sensational in both. I knew a dresser from "Sugar Babies" who had only lovely things to say about Ann.
- Ann bemoaning the lack of glamor on the Mike Douglas Show in 1976 with the cast of That's Entertainment II (Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Gene Kelly, Janis Page, Debbie Reynolds, and Nanette Fabray).
- Thank you, R103.
- When and why did she switch from the huge hairdo to the pulled-back Spanish dancer look?
- [quote]When and why did she switch from the huge hairdo to the pulled-back Spanish dancer look?
She switched because her accountant advised her to cut her $80,000 a-year [italic]Aquanet[/italic] budget.
- Thank for posting this, OP, but I don't hear her bemoaning today at all, in fact I hear her praising Sandra Bullock in Speed, rightly challenging anyone to imagine Lana Turner doing something like that, praising Sigourney Weaver for her strong roles, etc., and simply telling the truth: that people in Hollywood did the same things in the golden age that they do now, but did them behind closed doors. I don't hear her saying that it was better before at all, she's merely describing social changes, and, on balance, approving them.
- Good post, R107.
- It always surprises me how Ann Miller, who saw herself photographed in so many gorgeous Technicolor films over the years in a range of luscious brunette shades, could settle in on flat kohl-black as her dye swatch of choice for her elder years.
- She and Linda Darnell were very interesting to watch.
- Long (six-part ) interview with Ann on youtube.
It's pretty interesting, if you're interested in this sort of thing, e.g., golden age recollections. I'm at home recovering from minor surgery, so maybe it's just the lortab.
- Most golden age stars ended up their career with some sort of schlock--Miller is probably the only one who went out in a classic: Mulholland Drive.
- indeed, her role was kind of shocking.
- Actually R112, Ann Miller ended her career with the BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIMES. Yes, Mulholland Dr. stands out from all the stuff that there is so far out there. I don't think that something like that can be repeated in cinema with such perfection ever again. It even surpasses its influences. It amazes me again and again, and i'm pretty sure, i'm not the only one who feels like this about this masterpiece.
- Yes, there is nothing like Mulholland Dr. Cinema can be such an experience only a few times. I worship David Lynch. I love Ann Miller too. She gave her aura in the film and i discovered what a great dancer she is in her musicals. She could be so grand in all kinds of films from musical and comedy to drama.
- [quote] When and why did she switch from the huge hairdo to the pulled-back Spanish dancer look?
She didn't so much a switch as alternate them
- I watched the full interview and she said she never worked with Micky ,but she worked on Sugar Babies with him? I'm confused. Did she have a some memory issues? Over all, I loved the interview, but I disagree that she went along with the today's sloppy Hollywood. I got the impression she was trying to say, this what people are like and want today verses years ago, it was a special time and it's not the same.
- [quote]I watched the full interview and she said she never worked with Micky ,but she worked on Sugar Babies with him?
Did she mean she never worked with him in pictures?
- Yes, I think she meant she never made a film with him.
The entire interview, all 8 parts, is worth watching. Amnnie so gracious and generous about other Hollywood stars and producers (LB) and actually quite lucid for her advanced age.
But who is the idiot interviewer? And were there interviews with other stars that were part of this on line? They keep referencing an interview with Janet Leigh.
- R118, she said she knew him very well but never worked with him. You sound like you nailed it.
- Janet Leigh interview, R119:
- R121, I watched the full interview, thank you! Janet Leigh seems really honest,and straight forward. Have you read her autobiography? anyone? is it good?
- The Rita Moreno interview is also good.
- What is the context for these interviews?
- [quote]What is the context for these interviews?
I don't know, but I'm glad someone had the foresight to interview Hollywood stars so that future generations could hear their thoughts.
Another Ann interview:
- R121, nice interview! I like so much Janet Leigh. I haven't read her autobiography so far, it's not available, but i have read Tony Curtis'. Maybe, some other type, i'll post here his comments about Janet. Now i'm too tired to do that.
- *maybe some other day, i'll post here his comments about Janet
- Did Ann Miller knew Janet Leigh in person?
- Nice legs Ann
- Ann Miller working her magic
- [quote]Did Ann Miller knew Janet Leigh in person?
Yes. They made "Two Tickets to Broadway" together. Even most stars in the studio system who didn't work together knew each other just from working in the same studio.
I think the MGM commissary eventually became the Lorimar commissary.
- What an interesting photo!
- R131, thanks for replying sweet cheeks
- "Ann believed deeply in the spirit world, and said she was often visited at night by the great MGM dancing star Eleanor Powell. Miller insisted that in a past life she was Hatshepsut, the first queen of Egypt, whom she believed was murdered, along with her sister, by their half-brother. Ann visited Egypt three times, where she cried incessantly.
On her last visit, a guard in a Cairo museum escorted her towards the sarcophagus of a female pharaoh. As Ann approached, she claimed she was bitten by an asp, just like Cleopatra was. Although no asp had been seen in Egypt for thousands of years, Ann was flown out by helicopter, and spent three weeks in a hospital where she nearly died. She stated, "It was a warning. The spirits don't want me to return there." She also said. "I've been recycled many times, honey. My hand has so many lifelines, it looks like an old monkey's paw." "
- Wow, what an amusing link R134. How bizarre and how nice!
- I adore Ann but I'm still finding it hard to swallow she (1923-2004) was 14 when she made 1937's Stage Door.
Then again, I guess they always built 'em tall in Texas.
- Ann Miller was a classic sensation, and as Coco...she lingered on exquisitely in Lynch's masterpiece.
- Ann Miller with Janet Leigh:
- Ann Miller as The Mystery Guest on What's My Line?, publicizing the upcoming opening of The Opposite Sex, which John Charles Daly erroneously proclaims is not a musical (because Ann Miller doesn't dance in it!).
I guess she was about 30 at the time of this appearance and as impeccably groomed as ever.
- R138, i guess Ann got really along with Janet.
In the biography of Janet Leigh, written by Michelangelo Capua you can read (It's not Ann Miller's words but of the writer's):
'Janet was unbelievably loved by almost everyone, especially in the entertainment business. As a crewmember said once to her daughter Jamie Lee, Janet was the only person he ever worked with for which no one had said anything unpleasant about her character. She was always smiling and ready to help someone in difficulties.
Janet always downplayed her achievements, yet she felt a great responsibility toward her fans, whom she tried to make happy by being approachable and available all the time. She once said:'We hold people's dreams in our hands. We should keep the old image of Hollywood alive. Every time i go to a black tie function i always wear something spectacular. People come to me and say,'you look like a movie star.' And i say,'Well, isn't that what we're supposed to be?'
- Ann Miller and Janet Leight are both yummy and very interesting.
I love to learn stuff about them, and i like to bring them in my mind. Nice images.
- Ann Miller with Arlene Dahl and Lex Barker
- Va-va-va voom.
- Just reading through these posts and came across a few things I'd like to "clear up."
Ann didn't "switch" or "alternate" hairstyles out of boredom or a need for change. Her natural hair was naturally coal black in color, and fell all the way down her back. She wore it "Spanish style," pulled back in a bun with her famous spitcurls in everyday life and for personal appearances. For performances, she wore specially made wigs, simply because she disliked all the work and time it took to style her natural hair as she had experienced in her MGM days. The wigs were, for her, the ideal of movie star glamour, a part of her "Star Lady" mentality.
Secondly, about the death of her child. Indeed, at 9 months pregnant, she was thrown down a flight of stairs by her husband, brought about by one of his drunken rampages. This caused a broken back and premature labor, and the baby died a few hours later.
It is incorrect in saying that Ann visited the child's grave often. After the child died, Ann's brute of a husband had the child buried in a secret location. Ann didn't know the location of the grave until shortly before she herself died, at which point, the baby was exhumed. The child's casket was placed on top of Ann's and they were buried together.
As far as her nose goes (and age, for that matter), Ann denied having any cosmetic surgery at any point, which is obviously a lie, considering the drastic changes her features made over the years. She was a sweet, genuine, talented person, but even people like that should sometimes be taken with a grain of salt.
- She was interviewed for a Judy Garland A&E biography and it took all of whatever minimal amount of negativity that was in her to admit that Judy was "often a bit late" to the set.
- *hugs Eric(R144)warmly for taking time to write all this
- Thanks, Eric, and please share more Ann stories.
- According to Cheryl Crane, Lex Barker was majorly hung.
- Oh really r148, and all this time I thought Lana was fascinated by Lex's brain.
- Arlene bitch, what did you think of Lana back that time?
- Well, Lex did attend Princeton.
- Punchy Players are awesome, thanks R19.