biography

Born in Yakima, Washington, on November 10, 1932, pretty Colleen Miller was discovered for films in 1951, when a photograph featuring her posing with a fish appeared in a magazine. Her first film appearance came in RKO's Jane Russell vehicle The Las Vegas Story (1952; with Vincent Price). The following year, Miller signed a contract with Universal-International to do a string of films. Her first for Universal was a supporting role in Playgirl (1954; with Shelley Winters), and later that year Miller starred in Four Guns to the Border alongside Rory Calhoun. Her film career was going well, yet she retired from the screen after the release of Step Down to Terror (1958; with Charles Drake) to play the role of wife and mother. In 1955, Miller married entrepreneur Ted Briskin (whose ex-wife was the troubled 1940s star Betty Hutton). The couple had two children by the time Colleen Miller came out of retirement for her final film, Gunfight at Comanche Creek (1963; with Audie Murphy).

the films of colleen miller

The Las Vegas Story (1952)

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RKO promotional photo from The Las Vegas Story

Four Guns to the Border (1954)

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LEFT and CENTER: Sultry shots of Colleen Miller from the Universal western Four Guns to the Border, a film directed by Richard Carlson. RIGHT: With Rory Calhoun

Playgirl (1954)

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LEFT: With Shelley Winters in the noirish Universal drama Playgirl. CENTER: Miller as Phyllis Matthews. RIGHT: With Barry Sullivan

The Purple Mask (1955)

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With Tony Curtis in Universal's costume adventure The Purple Mask

The Rawhide Years (1955)

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From the Universal-International western The Rawhide Years. LEFT: With Tony Curtis. CENTER A and CENTER B: Promotional photos. RIGHT: With Arthur Kennedy

Hot Summer Night (1957)

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From MGM's noir thriller Hot Summer Night. LEFT: With onscreen husband Leslie Nielsen. RIGHT: With Leslie Nielsen and James Best

The Night Runner (1957)

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From Universal-International's film noir release The Night Runner with Ray Danton

Step Down to Terror (1958)

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From the Universal thriller Step Down to Terror. The left photo includes Charles Drake

colleen miller today

Since 1963, Colleen Miller has only made a few brief returns to acting, including a small part in the comedy Stand Up and Be Counted (1972; with Jacqueline Bisset and Stella Stevens). Her marriage to Ted Briskin ended in 1975, and in 1976, she married the son of the Ralph's supermarkets founder. Now 84 years old, Miller lives on a ranch in northern California and is a grandmother of seven.

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filmography

FILM
Gunfight at Comanche Creek (1963) with Audie Murphy, Ben Cooper, DeForest Kelley, Susan Seaforth Hayes, and William Wellman Jr.
Step Down to Terror (1958) with Charles Drake and Rod Taylor
Hot Summer Night (1957) with Leslie Nielsen and James Best
Man in the Shadow (1957) with Jeff Chandler and Orson Welles
The Night Runner (1957) with Ray Danton and Merry Anders
The Rawhide Years (1956) with Tony Curtis, Arthur Kennedy, William Demarest, William Gargan, and Leigh Snowden
The Purple Mask (1955) with Tony Curtis, Allison Hayes, Gene Barry, Dan O'Herlihy, Angela Lansbury, George Dolenz, and John Hoyt
Four Guns to the Border (1954) with George Nader and Rory Calhoun
Playgirl (1954) with Shelley Winters, Barry Sullivan, Gregg Palmer, Kent Taylor, Richard Long, Mara Corday, Lance Fuller, and Dolores Fuller
Man Crazy (1953) with Neville Brand and Karen Steele
The Las Vegas Story (1952) with Jane Russell, Victor Mature, and Vincent Price

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Lux Video Theatre, episode Mildred Pierce, originally aired September 20, 1956
Four Star Playhouse, episode Search in the Night, originally aired November 5, 1953
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