In 1969 she starred in a Florida production of the musical "Mame", which led to her becoming the last actress to headline the Broadway production of that show later that year and in 1970, before it finally closed (she replaced Jane Morgan
, who had replaced Janis Paige
, who had replaced Angela Lansbury
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Johnnie Lucille Collier
5' 7" (1.7 m)
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At MGM, I always played the second feminine lead. I was never the star in films. I was the brassy, good-hearted showgirl. I never really had my big moment on the screen. Broadway gave me the stardom that my soul kind of yearned for.
On an interview on Turner Classic Movies, she told a story about how each time she needed to dress for a dance on screen, the tops of her stockings needed to be sewn to the costume she was wearing. This was a tedious process and needed to be repeated each time there was a run, etc. One day, she suggested to the man supplying the stockings that he add a top to the stockings so they could be worn ...
Long legs and fast tap dance routines