2007.1.378

4-May-40
8 in HIGH x 10.25 in WIDE
(20.32 cm HIGH x 26.03 cm WIDE)
Oakland Tribune Collection, Oakland Museum of California, gift of ANG Newspapers
2007.1.378

"Please Credit / ROBERTS & ROBERTS / 6290 bullard, - Oakland, Calif. / Phone Olympic 6765 / Negative No____" & "MAY 4 1940" (stamped in purple ink onto back); "3471-3" (handwritten in pencil on back)

Black and white photograph of actress/dancer Ann Miller (right) with a little girl. Both are dressed in western style costumes. The girl is standing and Miller is kneeling down next to her and they are in a dressing room with shoes and other clothing in the background. The girl has very curly hair and is wearing white cowboy boots, a white fringed skirt, a cowhide (?) vest and a cowboy hat. She is facing forward and has a small gun in her right hand which is pointing to her right. Miller has on a plaid shirt with a satin bandanna and is wearing a dark skirt and vest--both with white fringe. She is also wearing a cowboy hat and has a gun in each hand--the right one pointing forward and left one pointing up.

Ann MillerFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Miller (9/19/2007)Ann Miller (April 12, 1923 _ January 22, 2004) was an American dancer, singer and actress, who was christened Johnnie Lucille Collier. Born in Chireno, Texas (some sources cite Houston, where she was raised), her father insisted on the name Johnnie because he had wanted a boy, but she was often called Annie. She took up dancing to exercise her legs to help her rickets. She was considered a child dance prodigy. In an interview featured in a "behind the scenes" documentary on the making of the compilation That's Entertainment III, she said that Eleanor Powell was an early inspiration. Miller was given a contract with RKO at the age of thirteen (she had told them she was eighteen), and remained there until 1940.The following year, Miller was offered a contract at Columbia Pictures, where she bumped friend Lucille Ball from the throne as "Queen of the B-Movies". She finally hit her mark (starting in the late 1940s) in her roles in MGM musicals such as Kiss Me, Kate, Easter Parade, and On the Town. Miller was famed for her speed in tap dancing; she claimed to be able to tap 500 times per minute. She was known as well, especially later in her career, for her distinctive appearance, which reflected a studio-era ideal of glamor: massive black bouffant hair, heavy makeup with a slash of crimson lipstick, and fashions that emphasized her lithe figure and long dancer's legs.For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Ann Miller has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6914 Hollywood Blvd. She died at the age of 80 from cancer which had metastasized to her lungs, and was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

Used: Oakland Tribune

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