Mike Priesont walks by Ann Miller's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Jan. 22, 2004, in Hollywood, with the famous Mann's Chinese Theater in the background. Miller, the raven-haired, long-legged actress and dancer whose machine-gun taps won her stardom during the golden age of movie musicals, died Jan. 22 of lung cancer. She was 81.
Dancer Ann Miller practices in her studio in this December 1949 file photo.
Actress Ann Miller runs a comb through Red Skelton's hair between scenes of "Lovely To Look At" on a movie set in Hollywood, Nov. 18, 1951.
Robyn Astaire, right, wife of the legendary dancer, singer and actor Fred Astaire, is greeted by Ann Miller, left, and Joan Leslie, former co-stars of her husband, at a "Centennial Tribute to Fred Astaire" in Beverly Hills, Calif., May 15, 1999. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences praised Astaire on the event of the 100th anniversary of his birth.
From left, Gloria De Haven, Debbie Reynolds, Shirley Jones, and Ann Miller pose at the American Movie Classics Fourth Annual Film Preservation Festival at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 12, 1996. The festival is an annual effort to raise funds and awareness in support of film preservation.
Debbie Reynolds, left, and Ann Miller, dance together at the American Movie Classics Fourth Annual Film Preservation Festival at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 12, 1996.
Esther Williams, seated, poses with Cyd Charisse, right, Ann Miller, center, and June Allyson at the autograph signing for the public of the "That's Entertainment! The Ultimate Anthology of MGM Musicals" CD box set, Nov. 1, 1995, at Tower Records in Los Angeles.
An illustration of Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munchin, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, and Vera-Ellen became the lobby card for "On the Town." The 1950 movie about three sailors on liberty in New York City was adapted from the Broadway musical by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen co-directed the movie.
Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney are surrounded by Sugar Babies from the Broadway musical comedy revue of the same name as they film a portion for the newest "I Love New York" commercial in New York City, Oct. 31, 1980.
Actress Debbie Reynolds, right, clowns around with "Sugar Babies" cast members Ann Miller, left, and Mickey Rooney backstage at New York's Mark Hellinger Theatre, Sept. 5, 1980.
Entertainers Leslie Caron, right, and Cyd Charisse, center, greet Ann Miller at a gala dinner honoring MGM's musical past in Culver City, Ca., March 28, 1987.