Marilyn Miller

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Exhibition Label
Born Evansville, Indiana
Tapping on her toes and singing the songs of Irving Berlin, Marilyn Miller was launched to stardom in the 1918 Ziegfeld Follies. In 1920, she starred in Ziegfeld’s Sally and brought the house down night after night singing Jerome Kern’s “Look for the Silver Lining.”
Adored by musical comedy audiences, Miller had another great success in Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s 1925 musical, Sunny. Her personality made the show a huge box-office hit, and her enchanting performance of “Who?” rendered that song a classic.
She was the highest-paid star on “the Great White Way,” and her contribution to dance—her fusion of ballet, tap, and clogging—made her Broadway’s darling through the mid-1920s.
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Courtesy Nickolas Muray Photo Archives
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
1928
Object number
NPG.93.21
Artist
Nickolas Muray, 15 Feb 1892 - 2 Nov 1965
Sitter
Marilyn Miller, 1 Sep 1898 - 7 Apr 1936
Topic
Interior\Studio
Marilyn Miller: Female
Marilyn Miller: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Marilyn Miller: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Marilyn Miller: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian
Marilyn Miller: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer
Portrait
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 24.5 x 19.4 cm (9 5/8 x 7 5/8")
Sheet: 25.3 x 20.2 cm (9 15/16 x 7 15/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
National Portrait Gallery
Type
Photograph