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She made herself four years older, when she began working in Hollywood. She became an excellent tap dancer after her mother told her while watching Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) starring Eleanor Powell if she would practice a little that same quality.

When she was in her early teens, she was advised to pretend she was 18 in order to get a job in the movies. Her father wanted a boy, so Ann was named Johnnie Lucille Collier, and she later went by Lucille. In 1937, in order to keep her contract with RKO Pictures, she got a fake birth certificate, which said she was Lucille Ann Collier, born in Chireno, Texas, on April 12, 1919.

Famous for her big hair in the later years of her career.

Father was a well-known criminal defense lawyer who defended such infamous gangsters as Baby Face Nelson and Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow of "Bonnie and Clyde" fame.

Discovered by Lucille Ball while doing a show in a San Francisco night club.

Miscarried her baby when she fell down a flight of stairs after a fight with husband Reese Milner.

At the end of her MGM contract she flew overseas to Morocco to entertain on the Timex TV Hour for Bob Hope. She sang and danced "Too Darn Hot" in 120-degree heat, entertaining 5000 soldiers.

She was named "Johnnie" by her father, who was expecting a boy.

Began dance classes in order to strengthen her legs after suffering from rickets.

Inducted into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame in 2004.

On an interview on Turner Classic Movies, she told a story about how each time she needed to dress for a dance on screen, the tops of her stockings needed to be sewn to the costume she was wearing. This was a tedious process and needed to be repeated each time there was a run, etc. One day, she suggested to the man supplying the stockings that he add a top to the stockings so they could be worn as one piece. ...and that`s how pantyhose was born.

In her tap shoes she claimed to be able to dance at 500 taps per minute. Her tap shoes were called Moe and Joe and were exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

In Call Her Mom (1972) (TV), she was replaced by Gloria DeHaven after she, herself, had replaced Cyd Charisse. (imdb.com)

Although some sources list her year of birth as 1919, the U.S. census taken on April 1, 1930, several years before she entered show business, gives her age as 7 years. (Harris County, Texas, enumeration district 71, p. 2A, family 86.) (imdb.com)

Was nominated for Broadway's 1980 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "Sugar Babies." (imdb.com)

Her favorite role was Bianca/Lois Lane in Kiss Me Kate (1953). (imdb.com)

Measurements: 35-22-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) (imdb.com)

Refusing to do movies for years because disliked nudity and sex, she finally relented and returned to films after nearly four decades with David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. (2001), which contained nudity and explicit sex. (imdb.com)

Devoutly spiritual, she dabbles in psychic phenomena and astrology. She believes she was once Queen Hathshepsut of Egypt. (imdb.com)

Made something of a comeback in the early 1970s singing and dancing in the Busby Berkeley-inspired TV ads for Heinz's "Great American Soups." The song she sang was written by humorist Stan Freberg and choreographed by Danny Daniels. (imdb.com)

Claimed her difficulty maintaining relationships with men was due to her being an Egyptian queen in a past life and executing any men who displeased her. (imdb.com)

Was very good friends with actress Linda Darnell.

Had to audition for Easter Parade in a steel back brace after breaking her back.

During an interview with Robert Osbourne 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.

Nominated for the 1980 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Musical for "Sugar Babies".

She donated a pair of her gold colored tap shoes to the National Museum of American History in the Smithsonian Institute.

In the 1970s while tap dancing on stage, most notably in the Broadway show "Sugar Babies" with Mickey Rooney, she often wore very large wigs sprayed stiff. This became a target of good natured spoofs on TV shows such as "The Carol Burnett Show" (1967). In the off-Broadway show "Forbidden Broadway", a revue of show tunes with parody lyrics by Gerard Alessandrini, she was portrayed by an actress who sang (to the tune of "That`s Entertainment") a song that included the verse: "When I was a girl back at old MGM/ They offered me roles sorta like "Auntie Em"/ I guess I really showed them/ When I killed L.B. Mayer by hitting him with my hair!".

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 372-373. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.

On her tax returns, listed her occupation as "Star Lady".

Inducted into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame in 2004.

Her favorite role was Bianca/Lois Lane in Kiss Me Kate (1953).

In Call Her Mom (1972) (TV), she was replaced by Gloria DeHaven after she, herself, had replaced Cyd Charisse.

Was nominated for Broadway`s 1980 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "Sugar Babies."

On an interview on Turner Classic Movies, she told a story about how each time she needed to dress for a dance on screen, the tops of her stockings needed to be sewn to the costume she was wearing. This was a tedious process and needed to be repeated each time there was a run, etc. One day, she suggested to the man supplying the stockings that he add a top to the stockings so they could be worn as one piece. ...and that`s how pantyhose was born.

Began dance classes in order to strengthen her legs after suffering from rickets.

In her tap shoes she claimed to be able to dance at 500 taps per minute. Her tap shoes were called Moe and Joe and were exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Claimed her difficulty maintaining relationships with men was due to her being an Egyptian queen in a past life and executing any men who displeased her.

Although some sources list her year of birth as 1919, the U.S. census taken on April 1, 1930, several years before she entered show business, gives her age as 7 years. (Harris County, Texas, enumeration district 71, p. 2A, family 86.)

Measurements: 35-22-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

At the end of her MGM contract she flew overseas to Morocco to entertain on the Timex TV Hour for Bob Hope. She sang and danced "Too Darn Hot" in 120-degree heat, entertaining 5000 soldiers.

Refusing to do movies for years because disliked nudity and sex, she finally relented and returned to films after nearly four decades with David Lynch`s Mulholland Dr. (2001), which contained nudity and explicit sex.

Devoutly spiritual, she dabbles in psychic phenomena and astrology. She believes she was once Queen Hathshepsut of Egypt.

Miscarried her baby when she fell down a flight of stairs after a fight with husband Reese Milner.

Father was a well-known criminal defense lawyer who defended such infamous gangsters as Baby Face Nelson and Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow of "Bonnie and Clyde" fame.

Famous for her big hair in the later years of her career.

When she was in her early teens, she was advised to pretend she was 18 in order to get a job in the movies. Her father wanted a boy, so Ann was named Johnnie Lucille Collier, and she later went by Lucille. In 1937, in order to keep her contract with RKO Pictures, she got a fake birth certificate, which said she was Lucille Ann Collier, born in Chireno, Texas, on April 12, 1919.

She made herself four years older, when she began working in Hollywood. She became an excellent tap dancer after her mother told her while watching Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) starring Eleanor Powell if she would practice a little that same quality.

Made something of a comeback in the early 1970s singing and dancing in the Busby Berkeley-inspired TV ads for Heinz`s "Great American Soups." The song she sang was written by humorist Stan Freberg and choreographed by Danny Daniels.


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