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Farewell

April 12, 1923 - Jan. 22, 2004

Ann was what I call a ''gal'' — just as comfortable hanging out with the guys as the girls, and everyone I saw around her loved her. She was a straight shooter, a kind, honest person, and very professional to work with on Mulholland Drive. I'd watched her movies all the time when I was growing up, and she was like Jimmy Stewart — it didn't matter what film she was in, she was just someone who people instantly liked. I was thinking of casting the part of Coco, so I invited her to the house, and that was it. After the film was over, we'd talk on the phone and she became a great friend.

She was very aware of her appearance and loved to dress up! It was cool to me that she was a regular person, but at the same time living the star's life — and that was important to her. She was big in Hollywood when stars had more longevity than they do now: She could dance and act, and had a heart. I think people really respected her as well as loved her. She was down-to-earth and in the upper echelons — a great human being and a great star. (Miller died of lung cancer in Los Angeles.)

Originally posted Dec 27, 2004 Published in issue #799-800 Dec 31, 2004 Order article reprints