b. 1929, Arp, Texas, USA, d. 7 November 2004, Granbury, Texas, USA. A graduate of Texas Woman’s University in 1949, in the early 50s Miller went to New York to pursue her studies at Columbia College. By this time, though, she had begun singing in clubs and within a few years, and handled by leading agent Joe Glaser, she had a full performing schedule that included acting in summer stock companies, recording voice-overs for commercials, as well as singing on extended tours of hotels. In the following decade she worked in revues, acted on Broadway, including 1968’s Carnival and productions of Pal Joey and Oh, Captain! In the early 70s, she toured in Never Too Late and in 1974 played with Gisele MacKenzie in a production of Gypsy staged in Fort Worth, Texas. It was then that she decided to settle in her home state, taking up residence in Granbury. For some years she performed annually at the Granbury Opera House, Texas, of which she was a founder. Her association with the Opera House was significant and locally she was thought of as its guiding light for more than 20 years from 1974, being active behind the scenes in promotion and fundraising, as well as casting, producing and directing. During her time there, Miller was responsible for staging up to a dozen different productions each year, including a concert or revue in which she would star. In 1990, she delighted audiences with her production, Jo Ann Miller: Reflections On A Miss-Spent Youth. Following a stroke early in 2001, she moved into a nursing home.
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