Marilyn Miller (born Mary Ellen Reynolds) (September 1, 1898 - April 7, 1936) was a well-known American 1920s musical star and tap dancer.
Born in Evansville, Indiana, she first came to prominence in the Ziegfeld Follies production Sally for her performance of the song Look for the Silver Lining. Miller's greatest successes were her many appearances on Broadway during the 1920s. Her film career, however, was not as successful and she made only three films: a film adaptation of Sally (1929); Sunny (1930); and Her Majesty, Love (1933). From 1922 to 1927 she was married to actor Jack Pickford, the brother of film star Mary Pickford.
Marilyn Miller had a long history of sinus infections and died from complications following surgery on her nasal passages in 1936. She died in New York City, and was interred at the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx.
In the late 1940s, Norma Jeane changed her name to Marilyn Monroe, with 'Marilyn' after Marilyn Miller.