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Also Known As: Patricia Ruth Dean Died: July 16, 1995
Born: June 22, 1904 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: St Louis, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, writer

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Charming, vivacious, dark-haired silent film lead who never quite achieved top-rank stardom. Miller, was, however, an extremely prolific performer, appearing in over a dozen films in 1924 alone. She is probably best known as Esmeralda, the gypsy dancer, in the Lon Chaney version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923), and for displaying a delightful flair for comedy in the female lead of the Ernst Lubitsch sparkler, "So This Is Paris" (1926). The advent of sound did not diminish Miller's appeal, and films such as the highly amusing "Wide Open" (1930) showed her promise, but she only made about ten talkies before giving up acting in 1931 to concentrate on writing. Two decades later she returned to films to play a supporting role in the historical adventure "Quebec" (1951). Married and divorced from director Tay Garnett and screenwriter John Lee Mahin.

Charming, vivacious, dark-haired silent film lead who never quite achieved top-rank stardom. Miller, was, however, an extremely prolific performer, appearing in over a dozen films in 1924 alone. She is probably best known as Esmeralda, the gypsy dancer, in the Lon Chaney version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923), and for displaying a delightful flair for comedy in the female lead of the Ernst Lubitsch sparkler, "So This Is Paris" (1926). The advent of sound did not diminish Miller's appeal, and films such as the highly amusing "Wide Open" (1930) showed her promise, but she only made about ten talkies before giving up acting in 1931 to concentrate on writing. Two decades later she returned to films to play a supporting role in the historical adventure "Quebec" (1951). Married and divorced from director Tay Garnett and screenwriter John Lee Mahin.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Quebec (1951) Germaine
2.
 Night Beat (1931) Eleanor
3.
 Lonely Wives (1931) Miss Minter
4.
 The Last of the Lone Wolf (1930) Stephanie
5.
 Wide Open (1930) Julia Faulkner/Doris
6.
 Whispering Winds (1929) Dora
7.
 The Aviator (1929) Grace Douglas
8.
 So Long Letty (1929) Grace Miller
9.
 The Hottentot (1929) Peggy Fairfax
10.
 Twin Beds (1929) Elsie Dolan
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1921:
Began acting in films; earliest credits include a supporting role in "Camille", starring Nazimova, and one in "The Sheik", with Rudolph Valentino
1923:
Co-starred as Esmeralda opposite Lon Chaney in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
1931:
Left acting after appearing in "Lonely Wives" and "The Night Beat"
:
Wrote the book for a Broadway musical about Tchaikovsky, "Music in My Heart", in the late 1930s
1951:
Made a one-shot return to film acting with a role in "Quebec"
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Notes

Miller received three O Henry Awards for her short stories

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husband:
Tay Garnett. Director, screenwriter. Divorced.
husband:
John Lee Mahin. Screenwriter. Divorced.
husband:
E S Deans. Businessman. Married until his death in 1986.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Flanagan Girl"
"My Hollywood: When Both of Us Were Young" O'Raghailligh

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