April 12, 1923 - January 22, 2004
"I never played politics, I
was never a party girl, and I never slept with any of the producers."
She was a dancer. A good dancer. You
know who says so? Me. Her last film appearance in the David Lynch flick, Mulholland
Drive. To see her list of credits, go here.
She had been in poor health for years. Anne
used to get cortisone shots for her legs because it was painful to do what she
did, but she wouldn't consider slowing down or retiring. She blamed those
shots for the osteoporosis she eventually acquired. She also contracted
cancer, both breast and colon and eventually lung.
She lived in this
house in Beverly Hills for several years.
On January 17th, she checked in to Cedars
Sinai Medical Center with a broken leg, and trouble breathing.
lost a lot of weight because the cancer had returned.
On January 21st 2004, Anthony Hopkins supposedly
asked her to appear in an upcoming project. Just after midnight on January
22nd, she succumbed to lung cancer. Apparently she only recently converted
to Catholicism, and asked that a priest giver her last rites. She was 81
years old, though other sources claim her to be older.
Upon hearing of her death, munchkin whore Mickey
Rooney said, "Annie was an angel and a dear friend I loved very much."
Her body was ravaged by disease, but she had fab
A mass was held at St. Mel Catholic Church in
Woodland Hills, which was decorated with yellow and red roses. Those
attending were Ann Jeffries, Jane Withers, Ann Rutherford, Rosemarie, June Haver,
Esther Williams, Francesca Hilton, Kathryn Grayson, Renee Taylor, Rosemary (Mrs.
Robert) Stack, Rip Torn. The casket was closed, though my buddy Steve told
me that it was open, and only the bottom half was open, which I believed and it
made me laugh a lot. My pal Bonnie got this terrific memorial
program from the funeral.
Her body was taken to Holy Cross Cemetery in
Culver City, to be buried with her daughter that died 3 hours after she was born
(Anne fell down stairs while 9 months preggers. shit.). My friends Brian and Christine went with me today to take this
picture of a freshly planted Miller.
Trivia: Ann claimed she could tap 500 times
More: Ann said that she never had to worry
about her weight, until Jimmy Stewart turned her on to Butterfingers.
She had a sense of humor. Her autobiography
was called Miller's
And that is it: Her tap shoes, that she
named Moe and Joe, are on display at the Smithsonian.
Thanks Steve, Bonnie the Possum Queen, Kim,
Patrick and Roger.