Ann Miller Net Worth – Salary, Income, Cars, Lifestyles and More
Ann Miller was born April 12th 1923 and died January 22nd 2004 aged 80 years.
Attracting worldwide fame through her performance in Hollywood musical movies during the 1940s and 50s, she gained notoriety as an energetic and athletic dancer.
Early Life and Education
Ann Miller was born in Chireno, Texas on April 12th 1923 and later rose to fame through her dance and acting roles in classic Hollywood cinema musicals of the 1940s and 1950s.
Miller made her film debut with RKO’s 1937 musical comedy New Faces of 1937 and danced two numbers in this musical comedy film. Later she would appear in many more RKO films including Stage Door and You Can’t Take It With You.
Miller was famous for her unique appearance that epitomized studio-era glamour: massive black bouffant hair and heavy makeup were hallmarks of glamour in those days, along with long dancer legs highlighted by clothes to emphasize them.
She was married three times, each one ending in divorce. On Broadway she made appearances in Biloxi Blues and Big Top Pee Wee, earning herself a Tony Award nomination for Our Town: Revival 1989.
Miller continued her theatrical career, performing in several acclaimed revivals of classic musicals. Additionally, she worked as a fashion model and owned her own business; later making a comeback to acting in David Lynch’s film Mulholland Drive as Coco Lenoix.
Before transitioning to television, she appeared in several more movies; one such appearance was in a 1971 soup commercial that parodied old Busby Berkley movie musicals.
She was one of the greatest dancers of her time and earned several prestigious awards such as the Gypsy Award. Unfortunately, she died of lung cancer on January 22, 2004 in Culver City California and is buried there with her dog; however she will always be remembered fondly in Chireno Texas on April 12, 1923.
Achievement and Honors
Miller became a widely popular performer both on stage and screen, most notably for her work in classic Hollywood cinema musicals from the 1940s and 50s. She first made an impressionful debut as Cyd Charisse’s replacement in Rodgers and Hart’s 1948 Easter Parade film adaptation; subsequent performances include those with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel (On the Town), Kiss Me Kate with Kathryn Grayson as second female lead and Howard Keel as lead male role.
In the late 1950s, Miller began appearing at nightclubs and television shows such as ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ and ‘Hollywood Palace’. Her three marriages–to oilman Bill Moss, steel heir Reese Milner, and musician Arthur Cameron–all ended in divorce. She returned to Broadway starring roles such as Mame and Panama Hattie while also dancing on top of an eight-foot can for Heinz’s Great American Soup commercials in 1973/74 and winning awards from Dance Society of America/Tap Dancing Club awards respectively in 1993/94 before passing away of lung cancer at age 80 at Holy Cross Cemetery Culver City California.
Ann Miller was one of the pioneers of “machine gun tap,” performing several hundred taps per minute with her long legs and dancing talents.
She first rose to fame through small productions for RKO and Columbia studios before making the leap into larger musical extravaganzas with director Busby Berkeley and other top choreographers such as George Balanchine. Her talent made her an instantaneous favorite.
Miller was an accomplished dancer and actor who also had a wonderful sense of humor. Additionally, she published two books.
Early on in her career she attracted many wealthy suitors – Louis B. Mayer of MGM was among them – but her mother strongly disapproved and eventually she chose scrap iron heir Reese Milner as her partner.
Miller was both a nightclub performer and television star, appearing on Ed Sullivan Show and Laugh-In as well as various Broadway musicals such as Mame. Her popularity skyrocketed during its 1969 movie adaptation; additionally she also toured with Sugar Babies- her own Broadway-style dance revue.
Miller had an unconventional personal life. Her three marriages ended in divorce. She believed she was the reincarnation of Egyptian Queen Hathshepsut and wrote two autobiographies: Miller’s High Life and Tapping Into the Force.
Miller passed away at 80 on January 22nd 2004 and was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. Her estate was estimated at $4 Million dollars. She is survived by one son.