Ann Miller

Ann Miller

Nominated for the 1980 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Was very good friends with actress Linda Darnell.

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.