Penelope Ann Miller

Penelope Ann Miller

Miller at the 2012 ACE Eddie Awards
Born Penelope Andrea Miller
(1964-01-13) January 13, 1964
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Penelope Miller
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Will Arnett
(m. 1994; div. 1995)

James Huggins
(m. 2000)
Children 2

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 Adventures in Babysitting (1987), 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

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 the goddaughter of businessman Aristotle Onassis 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 and attended Menlo College in Atherton CA for two years from 1981-1983, 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 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

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]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Hotshot Mary
1987 Adventures in Babysitting Brenda
1988 Biloxi Blues Daisy
1988 Big Top Pee-wee Winnie Johnson
1988 Miles from Home Sally
1989 Dead Bang Linda Kimble
1990 Downtown Lori Mitchell
1990 Freshman, TheThe Freshman Tina Sabatini
1990 Awakenings Paula
1990 Kindergarten Cop Joyce Palmieri / Rachel Crisp
1991 Other People's Money Kate Sullivan
1992 Year of the Comet Margaret Harwood
1992 Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, TheThe Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Mrs. Elizabeth Louise "Betty Lou" Perkins
1992 Chaplin Edna Purviance
1993 Carlito's Way Gail
1994 Shadow, TheThe Shadow Margo Lane
1997 Relic, TheThe Relic Dr. Margo Green
1997 Little City Rebecca
1998 Break Up Grace
1998 Outside Ozona Earlene Demers
1999 Chapter Zero Cassandra
2000 Lisa Picard Is Famous Penelope Ann Miller
2000 Forever Lulu Claire Clifton
2001 Along Came a Spider Elizabeth Rose
2001 Full Disclosure Michelle Video
2006 Funny Money Carol Perkins
2007 Messengers, TheThe Messengers Denise Solomon
2007 The Deal Laura Martin
2007 Blonde Ambition Debra
2008 Free Style Jeannette Bryant
2009 Saving Grace B. Jones Bea Bretthorst
2010 Flipped Trina Baker
2011 Artist, TheThe Artist Doris Valentin
2011 About Sunny Louise
2013 Saving Lincoln Mary Todd Lincoln
2013 Robosapien: Rebooted Joanna Keller
2016 The Birth of a Nation Elizabeth Turner
2016 Bronx Bull, TheThe Bronx Bull Debbie Forrester


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Tales from the Darkside Keena Episode: "Ring Around the Redhead"
1987 Facts of Life, TheThe Facts of Life Kristen Morgan Episode: "The Greek Connection"
1987 Family Ties Joyce Episode: "Higher Love"
1987 Popcorn Kid, TheThe Popcorn Kid Gwen Stottlemeyer Main role (6 episodes)
1987 Miami Vice Jill Ryder Episode: "Death and the Lady"
1987 St. Elsewhere Laurel Episode: "Ewe Can't Go Home Again"
1988 Tales from Hollywood Hills: Closed Set Tina TV film
1989 Great Performances Emily Webb Episode: "Our Town"
1991 Morton & Hayes Jody Episode: "The Bride of Mummula"
1994 Witch Hunt Kim Hudson TV film
1997 Hired Heart, TheThe Hired Heart Garnet Hadley TV film
1997 Last Don, TheThe Last Don Nalene De Lena TV miniseries
1997 Merry Christmas, George Bailey Mary Hatch Bailey TV film
1998 Rhapsody in Bloom Lilah Bloom TV film
1998 Ruby Bridges Barbara Henry TV film
1998-1999 Closer, TheThe Closer Erica Hewitt Recurring role (5 episodes)
1999 Rocky Marciano Barbara Cousins TV film
2000 All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story Mary Kay Letourneau TV film
2000 Killing Moon Laura Chadwick TV film
2001 Dodson's Journey Meredith Dodson TV film
2001 Woman's a Helluva Thing, AA Woman's a Helluva Thing Zane Douglas TV film
2002 Dead in a Heartbeat Dr. Gillian Hayes TV film
2002 Nero Wolfe Mystery, AA Nero Wolfe Mystery Lucy Valdon Episodes: "Motherhunt: Parts 1 & 2"
2002 Scared Silent Kathy Clifson TV film
2003 Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story Donna Hanover TV film
2003 National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion Pauline Snider TV film
2003-2004 Minute with Stan Hooper, AA Minute with Stan Hooper Molly Hooper Main role (13 episodes)
2004 Carry Me Home Harriet TV film
2005 Personal Effects Bonnie Locke TV film
2005 CSI: NY Rose Whitley Episode: "What You See Is What You Get"
2005 Desperate Housewives Fran Ferrara Episode: "Coming Home"
2006 Vanished Jessica Nevins Recurring role (9 episodes)
2008 Deadliest Lesson, TheThe Deadliest Lesson Gloria TV film
2009-2011 Men of a Certain Age Sonia Tranelli Recurring role (9 episodes)
2013-2014 Mistresses Elizabeth Grey Recurring role (10 episodes)
2015 American Crime Eve Carlin Main role

Awards and nominations

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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