Ann Miller tapped her way to the top of Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s with rapid-fire leg moves and a never-back-down disposition. Miller was not born a star. In fact, dance was only a means to help support her mother after their parents’ divorce. It would not be long before people took notice of the spitfire on stage, and, by the time she was fourteen, Miller graced the screen next to greats like Ginger Rogers and James Stewart. Miller remained in demand as she matured, and where talent alone was not enough, the young actress made up for with hard work. Her dedication put many of her adult costars to shame. Miller enjoyed success in many upbeat musicals and heartfelt dramas but stepped out of the limelight in the latter half of the century when she felt the industry took a turn toward the grim and gritty. The actress appeared now and then over the next forty years on the small screen, much to the delight of her fans.