Marilyn Miller

Actress + Singer + Dancer
Born Sep 1, 1898

Marilyn Miller was one of the most popular Broadway musical stars of the 1920s and early 1930s. She was an accomplished tap dancer, singer and actress, but it was the combination of these talents that endeared her to audiences. On stage she usually played rags-to-riches Cinderella characters who lived happily ever after.… Read More

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1898 Birth Born on September 1, 1898.


1914 15 Years Old Miller appeared for the Shuberts in the 1914 and 1915 editions of The Passing Show, a Broadway revue at the Winter Garden Theatre, as well as in The Show of Wonders (1916) and Fancy Free (1918).
1918 19 Years Old But it was Florenz Ziegfeld who made her a star after she performed in his Ziegfeld Follies of 1918, at the famed New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street, with music by Irving Berlin. … Read More


1919 20 Years Old She followed as a headliner in the Follies of 1919, dancing to Berlin's "Mandy", and reputedly became Ziegfeld's mistress, though this was never proven. … Read More
1921 22 Years Old In 1921, a still-obscure Dorothy Parker memorialized her performance in verse: … Read More
1924 25 Years Old After a rift with Ziegfeld, she signed with rival producer Charles Dillingham and starred as Peter Pan in a 1924 Broadway revival, then as a circus queen in Sunny (1925), with music by Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. … Read More
1928 29 Years Old In 1928, after reuniting with Ziegfeld, she starred in his production of the successful George Gershwin musical Rosalie, then in Smiles (1930) with Fred Astaire, a rare Ziegfeld box office failure. … Read More


1930 31 Years Old In 1930, Miller was briefly engaged to the actor Michael Farmer, who later became a husband of Gloria Swanson.
1932 33 Years Old In 1932, she announced her intention to marry the movie actor Don Alvarado, but the wedding did not take place.
1936 37 Years Old 1 More Event
She died in New York City on the morning of April 7, 1936 and was given a funeral at Saint Bartholomew Church on Park Avenue which drew 2,500 people, including former mayor Jimmy Walker, Beatrice Lillie, and Billie Burke. … Read More
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