Ann Miller

Her Life and Career

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About the Book

Ann Miller (1923–2004) was an American actress, dancer, singer and author. Best known as a tap dancer, Miller practiced all forms of dance, and some of her solo routines are considered as good as any recorded in film musical history. Despite a reputation as a kook who believed she was psychic, and the potentially flat image of a “glamour girl,” Miller’s wit, charm and genuine ability to act gave her and her characters depth. This biography presents Ann Miller’s career in the context of her fascinating life. Her career began with child acting and included three Hollywood studio contracts, two retirements for marriage, and appearances in film, stage, variety shows, sitcoms and more. She made a comeback in the stage musical Sugar Babies, earning a Best Leading Actress in a Musical Tony Award nomination. She was even appointed an international spokesperson for MGM in the ailing years of the studio.

About the Author(s)

Peter Shelley is a playwright, screenwriter and author of several film books. He lives in Gosford, Australia.

Bibliographic Details

Peter Shelley

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 225
Bibliographic Info: 22 photos, appendix, bibliography, Index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7925-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4092-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface  1
1. Beginning  5
2. Broadway  29
3. Louis B. Mayer  54
4. Easter Parade  69
5. Kiss Me Kate  93
6. A New Marriage  111
7. New Management  122
8. Sugar Babies  145
9. Sugar Babies in London  167
10. Mulholland Drive  188
Appendix: Appearances in Theatre, Film, Television, Shorts and Videos  197
Bibliography  203
Index  215