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Let's talk about Ann Miller!

Why not?

Anyone see her in Mame or Sugar Babies on Broadway?

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 4607/11/2013

I like the way she says, "dick."

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 107/10/2013

I saw her in Sugar Babies in L.A.

She was a hoot as always

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 207/10/2013

She came backstage at a show I was in. (a year or two before she died) She was fabulous and stylish right up until the end.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 307/10/2013

Did you hear Ann Miller was in an accident? Yeah, she fell down and broke her hair!

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 407/10/2013

I saw Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney in the original version of "Sugar Babies" on Broadway. It was big, brassy and a bit corny. Rooney hammed it up, but good ol' Annie Miller was a hoot. She was very good--and she sure could dance.

At the time, I remember being in NYC and had to pick one show to see. I narrowed it down between "Sugar Babies" and Richard Gere in "Bent."

I don't know, I've always had regrets about not seeing Gere in "Bent," but I have since seen other productions of that show throughout the years. "Sugar Babies" was my one chance to see "movie star" Ann Miller on the stage. By the way, Miller used to list "movie star" as her occupation on her tax return.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 507/10/2013

Let's not and pretend we did.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 607/10/2013

"I'm a medicore dancer and I'm here to say...

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 707/10/2013

There's an old rumor that she screwed L.B. Mayer.

Ick! Nast!

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 807/10/2013

Saw Sugar Babies three times and also saw her in Follies at the Papermill Playhouse. She sang "I'm Still Here". Phenomenal.

She's great in Kiss Me Kate and in Hit the Deck.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 907/10/2013

She lived in a big, old time mansion in Beverly Hills for years, on Alta Dr. When I was a kid I thought it was cool. Had big black & white awnings, over the windows, a big 1968 white Cadillac, in the driveway. Jump ahead 30 years, and she was still living there, but I'd drive by and the house looked so sad , and the same Cadillac was still in the drive. Like her hair, I think everything just froze in time, at some point. But loved her !

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 1007/10/2013

I Love Ann Miller as much as any of you but.....are you all newbies??

We just did a long thread on Annie less than 2 months ago.

Nevertheless, if you missed it...carry on!

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 1107/10/2013

I used to hide in her hair !

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 1207/10/2013

Now I'm hungry for soup.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 1307/10/2013

She was a mess, really. Bitter and mean.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 1407/10/2013

When I was in grad school, one of the other students had been her dresser in stock or dinner theatre in Texas. She had Ann was a real cunt (she didn't use that word as she was a True Christian herself)--that when my colleague decided not to continue to tour with Ann (Ann liked her and offered her a more permanent job) because her father was dying and she wanted to take care of him, she said Ann threw a fit and said, "Well, he'll be dead soon, so what's the point?" The person telling the story was one of those odd fundie women--a bit of a priss who liked to get roaring drunk and drive around Boystown like a gawker, so I was never sure how much truth there was to the story, but it was a fun story.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 1507/10/2013

Lets talk about her make-up application techniques in her latter days.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 1607/10/2013

Ann Miller is trapped in the web of love...

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 1707/10/2013

...and she's still here

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 1807/10/2013

She took an unusual route to the Broadway production of MAME. The rights to the show had been released even as it continued to limp along in NY with Jane Morgan in the title role. Miller starred in a production in Florida and word trickled back to Broadway that she was better than any Mame since Lansbury.

Members of the Broadway team flew down to watch and signed her up at once. Choreographer Onna White came back and turned the jitterbug dancing in "That's How Young I Feel" into a huge tap number for Miller and the chorus. The reviews were raves. Critics expressed surprise at how well Miller sang. A few added that the show was better than they had remembered it being.

Ann Miller kept MAME running on Broadway for months longer than it would have without her. A very "sixties" musical, it closed fittingly on January 3, 1970. Paris Themmen, who played Young Patrick opposite her, went on to play Mike TeeVee in the Gene Wilder WILLY WONKA.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 1907/10/2013

R19. Love those behind-the-scenes, gossipy show business stories. They don't exist any longer.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 2007/10/2013

i have a hardcover copy of "valley of the dolls" with a plate inside reading "from the library of ann miller" (ann miller handwritten in script). got it from a guy who bought the entire library from her estate, and it is my gayest possession.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 2107/10/2013

Poor Ann, look at her next gig to air soon:

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 2207/10/2013

Who's Ann Miller?

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 2307/10/2013

R10, those mansions back then were not even close to the size that the young rich are building today. I have old post cards in my collection from the 20s, 30s, 40s , and 50s of movie star homes. I am so shocked how small so many of the homes in old Hollywood were not that luxurious ,but more of a cottage style look or small early California Spanish revival style homes. But there were some homes that were larger but not nothing outrageously gargantuous. I remember when I was a little kid in the 80s my dad drove us to LA for a summer trip. Many of the older homes in Beverly Hills were still standing ,and I thought they were adorable with a lot of personality to them and charm.I think people were not so obnoxiously materialistic back in the golden era of Hollywood as they are now. Their closets alone, have to be the size of apartment buildings now a days. It is really sad because once they are torn down, they are gone forever.

I shared this story before on DL,but I will share it again. I used to work with this lady whose friend was once a Las Vegas dancer. Sugar babies ran in Las Vegas with Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney. This lady's friend was one of the dancers in the show and she said Mickey Rooney was thee nastiest person she ever met. She said when Mickey drank , which was a lot, all hell broke lose. She didn't say anything about Ann Miller which is strange.I should have asked about her but I forgot.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 2407/11/2013

Ann actually knows what this song is about... bravo Ann - at your age, it's great performance.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 2507/11/2013

There is an audio boot recording on the circuit of just Ann Miller's songs from Mame on Broadway.

She saved Mame from closure on Broadway, the show was on twofers until she took over.

There's also a great boot of a 1977 Merv Griffin Show out there, with Merman, Ann Miller, Dolores Gray and Karen Morrow, a salute to Broadway belters.

On the show, Miller had the balls to sing Anything Goes and I Get a Kick Out of You right in front of Merman, and she rocked.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 2607/11/2013

Someone may have mentioned this about her in an earlier thread but there's an old story about how, when running late to a Broadway performance and unable to find a cab, she jumped into the backseat of a man's car as he waited for a red light and said "Hurry, I need to get to Broadway and 42nd". Then, noticing the man's terrified and confused look in the rear view mirror, said "Don't worry, it's alright. I'm ANN MILLER!"

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 2707/11/2013

It's strange how starry the Broadway replacements were for Hello, Dolly, but not Mame.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 2807/11/2013

Was there ever an all black cast for Mame on Broadway? Pearl Bailey and company really gave Dolly a boost.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 2907/11/2013

Lena Horne as Mame!

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 3007/11/2013

In the Gerold Frank biography, "Judy", he wrote of how Garland begged to star in Mame on Broadway after Lansbury . . . even learned the score . . . but she was too unreliable by then.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 3107/11/2013

Ginger Rogers did it in London. It's surprising they didn't nab her for Broadway.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 3207/11/2013

Boy, am I hungry!

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 3307/11/2013

R32. The reason no one grabbed Ginger to do Mame on Broadway after her London run (notice I avoided the word triumph) was that she wasn't particularly good. She wasn't awful but she was far from sensational. She was probably just too old to do justice to the part. At her curtain call, she chatted to the audience in a kind of pitiful plea for recognition, although the Brits love that sort of thing and ate it up.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 3407/11/2013

[quote] have a hardcover copy of "valley of the dolls" with a plate inside reading "from the library of ann miller" (ann miller handwritten in script). got it from a guy who bought the entire library from her estate, and it is my gayest possession.

I'm impressed and jealous.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 3507/11/2013


Did you you play opposite Juliet Prowse when she subbed for Rogers, Ms Courtenay? That must have been a little odd?

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 3607/11/2013

I saw her in Sugar. Late 80's. What can I say. I was so focused on her face. She really looked like Bozo

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 3707/11/2013

Also re: Ginger - I would say that, compared to Dolly, Mame has a lot more music that has to really be full-throatedly belted out. And the fairly small singing voice that Ginger displayed in her movies wouldn't lead me to believe she would have the power to really fill a theatre with a number like "If He Walked Into My Life Today". Although I've never seen her singing late in life, so it's certainly possible I could be wrong and she learned to sing like that (because certainly Lansbury, the few times she was allowed to sing at MGM, also had a fairly small voice that didn't really indicate the way she would later sing in the theatre).

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 3807/11/2013

The night I saw Follies at the Paper Mill, she really couldn't sing her song very well. It was, well, old sounding and tentative, even though she did know all her words (unlike the problems Elaine Paige had in the recent revival). However, on the cast recording from New Jersey she is pretty good and really nails the song, which, let's face it, is kind of autobiographical for her. Even though she could come across as a sort of fool, she was, at her best, a sensational entertainer.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 3907/11/2013

And yet... the national tour of Mame was led by Celeste Holm, who had a small voice.

Dolores Gray must have been really pissed with Herman, she never did any of his shows after the Mame disappointment.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 4007/11/2013

I heard Mitzi Gaynor later in life, R38, and was amazed at how she could belt out songs. I think she was in her 50s at the time. It was so different from the wispy voice she had in "South Pacific." Her tones were rich, full, and warm when she finally learned to sing out.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 4107/11/2013

Miller was a much better singer as well by the 1970s than she had been in the 40s/50s

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 4207/11/2013

Halfway through an Oscar Hammerstein benefit in L.A., Ann turned to her escort and asked if anybody had seen Oscar. “Ann,” replied her astonished date, “Oscar Hammerstein died in 1960!” “Well, how would I know?” shot back Our Girl Annie. “I’ve been on the road!”

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 4307/11/2013

R43. OMG, thanks for posting that story about Ann Miller. It's a friggin hoot.

Another great quote from Our Girl Annie about her first husband:

“Listen, honey, he gave me the biggest ranch in California, next to San Simeon, and we raised prize Herefords for show cattle. Six weeks later, I realized the whole thing was a total disaster when he pushed me down a flight of stairs while I was pregnant and broke my back and I had a miscarriage. Louis B. Mayer said, ‘If you’d married me, none of this would have happened.’ So I dated Howard Hughes instead.”

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 4407/11/2013

Another great quote from that article " Honey, every time a good lookin millionaire came by, with Cadillacs, or chinchillas, I married him ". Yes, a true hoot !

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 4507/11/2013

Q: Annie are you working on Passover? A: Oh honey, you konw I don't do game shows.

by Tom, Dick or Harryreply 4607/11/2013
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