Ann Miller dies of lung cancer in Los Angeles, 2004. Age was a big deal for Miller at the beginning of her career. Born in 1923, she entered the movie business at the tender age of 14 and kept it a secret from RKO, who, in 1937, wanted her as a contract player. The studio requested proof that she was 18, sending the youngster scrambling for a fake birth certificate listing the year she was born as 1919. The subterfuge worked and Miller soon found herself at age 15 playing wife to 31-year-old Dub Taylor in You Can’t Take It With You (1938). Miller’s other films made as a teen include Stage Door (1937), Room Service (1938) and Too Many Girls (1940).
Jim Jarmusch is born in Akron, Ohio, 1953. The independent director’s breakthrough came in 1984 when he received the Camera d’Or for his second film Stranger Than Paradise (1983), a comedy about a hipster and his visiting cousin from Hungary. To date, he has directed 12 full-length movies, including Down by Law (1986), Mystery Train (1989), Night on Earth (1991), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) and Broken Flowers (2005). “I'm happiest when I'm shooting the movie.” the director remarked. “Filming is like sex. Writing the script is like seduction, then shooting is like sex because you're doing the movie with other people. Editing is like being pregnant, and then you give birth and they take your baby away. After this process is done, I will watch the movie one more time with a paying audience that doesn't know I'm there, and then I will never see it again. I'm so sick of it.”