Presenting the most fabulous BFFs of all time- OF ALL TIME.
Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick & Johnnie Lucille Collier
While I never had the honor of meeting Ann Miller, I did get to hear some of the best stories about her and Kathryn. My favorite story was from Kathryn’s niece, who attended a performance of Madame Butterfly with them. At one point during the opera, Pinkerton lifted Cio Cio San into his arms, and the soprano playing her wiggled her toes. That was all it took to send Annie into a fit of uncontrollable laughter, right at this great, emotional love duet, while the others sort of pretended like they didn’t know her.
Then, there was a time when Annie may or may not have put soap in a fountain, in Beverly Hills, then called Kathryn for an alibi, if the police asked.
This. This is the best of Kathryn Grayson and Ann Miller. Kathryn, who everyone pictures as this quiet, sweet, utterly professional lady (all true, add extra sassy), and Annie, bawdy, hilarious, a little daft at times, but with the biggest heart (also true). Outwardly, people look at them as opposites, but they really cared so much about each other. Even at the end of Annie’s life, she was putting her concern for Kathryn first. She didn’t want her to be upset or worry unnecessarily about the inevitable. I’d be lying to all of you, if I said I wasn’t tearing up just a little, thinking about that.
Basically, these two are my favorite. Ever.