Penelope Ann Miller

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Penelope Ann Miller
Penelope Ann Miller.jpg
Penelope Ann Miller at the ACE Eddie Awards 2012
BornPenelope Andrea Miller
(1964-01-13) January 13, 1964 (age 51)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Will Arnett (m. 1994–95)
James Huggins (m. 2000)
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Penelope Ann Miller
Penelope Ann Miller.jpg
Penelope Ann Miller at the ACE Eddie Awards 2012
BornPenelope Andrea Miller
(1964-01-13) January 13, 1964 (age 51)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Will Arnett (m. 1994–95)
James Huggins (m. 2000)

Penelope Ann Miller (born Penelope Andrea Miller; January 13, 1964), sometimes credited as Penelope Miller, is an American actress. She began her career on Broadway in the 1985 original production of Biloxi Blues and went on to receive a Tony Award nomination for the 1989 revival of Our Town. She has starred in several major Hollywood films, particularly in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including Biloxi Blues (1988), Big Top Pee-wee (1988), The Freshman (1990), Awakenings (1990), Kindergarten Cop (1990), Other People's Money (1991), Year of the Comet (1992), Chaplin (1992) and Carlito's Way (1993), for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination. She returned to Broadway in the 1995 original stage production of On the Waterfront. Her other films include supporting roles in The Relic (1997) Along Came a Spider (2001) and The Artist (2011).

Early life[edit]

Miller was born in Los Angeles, California, the middle daughter of Beatrice (née Ammidown), a costume designer, publicist, and journalist, and Mark Miller, a television actor and producer.[1] Her mother was businessman Aristotle Onassis's goddaughter and an editor of Harper's Bazaar.[2] She has an older sister, Marisa Miller,[3] who is also a film actress, and a younger sister, Savannah Miller, who is a social worker.

Miller graduated from high school in Los Angeles, then moved to New York City to study theatre.


Her Broadway theatre break came in 1985 when she was cast in the lead (opposite Matthew Broderick) in the Neil Simon play Biloxi Blues. (She would also star with Broderick in the 1988 film version of that play). She played a role in one episode ("Death and the Lady") of the television series Miami Vice (which aired on October 16, 1987), and accepted several other small roles in film and television work. She then returned to Broadway in a revival of Our Town; her portrayal of Emily garnered her a Tony award nomination. She then appeared as Pee-wee Herman's (Paul Reubens) fiancée, Winnie Johnston, in the 1988 release of Big Top Pee-wee.

In 1990, she played Paula in Awakenings, starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. She also appeared in the 1990 movies Downtown, with Anthony Edwards and Forest Whitaker, and Kindergarten Cop, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. Miller plays a teacher, hiding with her son Dominic from her criminal drug-dealing husband Cullen Crisp (Richard Tyson). She subsequently appeared in a number of other theatrical movies, notably as Edna Purviance in Chaplin and with Tim Daly as Margaret "Maggie" Harwood in Peter Yates' film Year Of The Comet, both in 1992, and the following year she appeared opposite Al Pacino in Carlito's Way.

Miller co-starred with Marlon Brando (as his daughter) in 1990's The Freshman and with Gregory Peck (as his lawyer and step-daughter) in 1991's Other People's Money. She also appeared as Margo Lane in The Shadow with Alec Baldwin, as well as in the film Miles from Home directed by Gary Sinise. She had the lead role in the big budget creature feature The Relic (1997) as Dr. Margo Green. In 1998, she portrayed Barbara Henry in Ruby Bridges a made-for-television movie that was made by the Disney company, about Ruby Bridges, the first black student to attend an all-white elementary school in New Orleans. In 2000, she played the scandalous teacher Mary Kay Letourneau in the TV version of a true story, All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story.

In 2002, Penelope Ann Miller starred in the film Dead in a Heartbeat and starred in a two-part episode of A&E's series A Nero Wolfe Mystery. Her 2005 film Funny Money was voted the top film of the Sarasota Film Festival. She appeared in the Fox series Vanished for six episodes, playing the ex-wife of a U.S. senator whose wife has mysteriously disappeared. Her 2007 comedy Blonde Ambition co-starring Jessica Simpson and Luke Wilson performed poorly at the box office. She also guest-starred as Fran on Desperate Housewives. Miller appeared in the horror film The Messengers, co-starring Dylan McDermott and Kristen Stewart. The film was produced in part by director Sam Raimi's production company, Ghost House Pictures. In 2011 she portrayed Doris, the wife of protagonist George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), in The Artist. After recurring role on the ABC soapy series Mistresses, Miller was cast as regular in ABC crime drama American Crime.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1994, she married actor Will Arnett. They divorced in 1995.

On May 28, 2000, she married James Huggins. They have two daughters: Eloisa May, born December 10, 2000, and Maria Adela, born March 23, 2009.[5] On March 14, 2012, Miller filed for legal separation from Huggins after 12 years of marriage.[6] On June 15, 2012, Miller withdrew her request for separation.[7]


YearFilmRoleOther notes
Adventures in BabysittingBrenda
1988Biloxi BluesDaisy
Big Top Pee-weeWinnie Johnson
Miles from HomeSally
1989Dead BangLinda Kimble
1990DowntownLori Mitchell
The FreshmanTina Sabatini
Kindergarten CopJoyce Palmieri/Rachel Crisp
1991Other People's MoneyKate Sullivan
1992Year of the CometMargaret Harwood
The Gun in Betty Lou's HandbagMrs. Elizabeth Louise 'Betty Lou' Perkins
ChaplinEdna Purviance
1993Carlito's WayGail
1994The ShadowMargo Lane
1997The RelicDr. Margo Green
Little CityRebecca
1998Break UpGrace
Outside OzonaEarlene Demers
1999Chapter ZeroCassandra
2000Forever LuluClaire Clifton
2001Along Came a SpiderElizabeth Rose
Full DisclosureMichelleDirect-to-Video Release
2006The DealLaura Martin
Funny MoneyCarol Perkins
2007The MessengersDenise Solomon
Blonde AmbitionDebra
2008Free StyleJeannette Bryant
2009Saving Grace B. JonesBea Bretthorse
2010FlippedTrina Baker
2011The ArtistDoris
2012Robosapien: RebootedJoanna
Saving LincolnMary Todd Lincoln
2013The Bronx BullDebbie Forrester
1985Tales from the DarksideKeenaEpisode: "Ring Around the Redhead"
1987The Facts of LifeKristen MorganEpisode: "The Greek Connection"
Family TiesJoyceEpisode: "Higher Love"
The Popcorn KidGwen Stottlemeyer6 episodes
Miami ViceJill RyderEpisode: "Death and the Lady"
St. ElsewhereLaurelEpisode: "Ewe Can't Go Home Again"
1988Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Closed SetTinaTV-Movie
1989Great PerformancesEmily WebbEpisode: "Our Town"
1991Morton & HayesJodyEpisode: "The Bride of Mummula"
1994Witch HuntKim HudsonTV-Movie
1997The Last DonNalene De LenaMiniseries
The Hired HeartGarnet HadleyTV-Movie
Merry Christmas, George BaileyMary Hatch BaileyTV-Movie
1998Rhapsody in BloomLilah BloomTV-Movie
Ruby BridgesBarbara HenryTV-Movie
The CloserErica Hewitt10 episodes
1999Rocky MarcianoBarbara CousinsTV-Movie
2000All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau StoryMary Kay LetourneauTV-Movie
Killing MoonLaura ChadwickTV-Movie
2001Dodson's JourneyMeredith DodsonTV-Movie
A Woman's a Helluva ThingZane DouglasTV-Movie
2002Dead in a HeartbeatDr. Gillian HayesTV-Movie
A Nero Wolfe MysteryLucy ValdonEpisode: "Motherhunt"
Scared SilentKathy ClifsonTV-Movie
2003Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani StoryDonna HanoverTV-Movie
Thanksgiving Family ReunionPauline SniderTV-Movie
2003–2004A Minute with Stan HooperMolly Hooper13 episodes
2004Carry Me HomeHarrietTV-Movie
2005Personal EffectsBonnie LockeTV-Movie
CSI: NYRose WhitleyEpisode: "What You See Is What You See"
Desperate HousewivesFran FerraraEpisode: "Coming Home"
2006VanishedJessica Nevins9 episodes
2008The Deadliest LessonGloriaTV-Movie
2009–2010Men of a Certain AgeSonia Tranelli9 episodes
2013MistressesElizabeth GreyRecurring (9 Episodes)
2015American CrimeEve

Awards and nominations[edit]

Saturn Award

Chicago Film Critics Association Award

DVD Exclusive Awards

Golden Globe Award

Hollywood Film Festival


  1. ^ Penelope Ann Miller's Film Reference bio
  2. ^ Penelope Ann Miller bio at Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ "Marisa Miller - IMDb". Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Penelope Ann Miller Joins ABC's 'American Crime', Chris Butler In NBC's 'Lifesaver'". Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ Chiu, alxeis (April 7, 2009). "It's a Girl for Penelope Ann Miller". People Magazine. Time, Inc. Retrieved June 25, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Penelope Ann Miller Splits from Husband". People. March 20, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Penelope Ann Miller Dismisses Separation Request". People. June 23, 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 

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