Actress/dancer Ann Miller died three years ago yesterday after an amazingly long Hollywood career. She was barely 14 years old (having lied about her age) when she appeared as Ginger Rogers' dance partner in the 1937 film Stage Door, one of my favorite movies, and her last feature film was Mulholland Drive in 2001. In between, her roles included a would-be dancer in You Can't Take it With You, the elegant ex in Easter Parade, and a dancing anthropologist in On the Town. She was a rapid-fire tap dancer, but filmmakers also liked to find an opportunity to show off her long legs, as evidenced in the above photo. In the mid-1950s, she switched from movies to Broadway roles nightclub acts, and eventually TV roles. The above photo is from Kiss Me Kate and I wish it were in color, so you could see that Miller's outfit is an eye-popping pink.

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