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, and starred in several major Hollywood films, particularly in the late 1980s and early 1990s in which she appeared in 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) and has continued to appear in supporting roles in both film and television including The Relic(1997) and The Artist (2011).


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

Miller was born in Los AngelesCalifornia, 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 aTony 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 played in the 1990 movie Downtown with Anthony Edwards and Forest Whitaker. Again in 1990 she appeared alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop. 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 withTim 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]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]


Year Film Role Other notes
1987 Hotshot Mary
Adventures in Babysitting Brenda
1988 Biloxi Blues Daisy
Big Top Pee-wee Winnie Johnson
Miles from Home Sally
1989 Dead Bang Linda Kimble
1990 Downtown Lori Mitchell
The Freshman Tina Sabatini
Awakenings Paula
Kindergarten Cop Joyce Palmieri/Rachel Crisp
1991 Other People's Money Kate Sullivan
1992 Year of the Comet Margaret Harwood
The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Mrs. Elizabeth Louise 'Betty Lou' Perkins
Chaplin Edna Purviance
1993 Carlito's Way Gail
1994 The Shadow Margo Lane
1997 The Relic Dr. Margo Green
Little City Rebecca
1998 Break Up Grace
Outside Ozona Earlene Demers
1999 Chapter Zero Cassandra
2000 Forever Lulu Claire Clifton
2001 Along Came a Spider Elizabeth Rose
Full Disclosure Michelle Direct-to-Video Release
2006 The Deal Laura Martin
Funny Money Carol Perkins
2007 The Messengers Denise Solomon
Blonde Ambition Debra
2008 Free Style Jeannette Bryant
2009 Saving Grace B. Jones Bea Bretthorse
2010 Flipped Trina Baker
2011 The Artist Doris
2012 Robosapien: Rebooted Joanna
Saving Lincoln Mary Todd Lincoln
2013 The Bronx Bull Debbie Forrester
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Tales from the Darkside Keena Episode: "Ring Around the Redhead"
1987 The Facts of Life Kristen Morgan Episode: "The Greek Connection"
Family Ties Joyce Episode: "Higher Love"
The Popcorn Kid Gwen Stottlemeyer 6 episodes
Miami Vice Jill Ryder Episode: "Death and the Lady"
St. Elsewhere Laurel Episode: "Ewe Can't Go Home Again"
1988 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Closed Set Tina TV-Movie
1989 Great Performances Emily Webb Episode: "Our Town"
1991 Morton & Hayes Jody Episode: "The Bride of Mummula"
1994 Witch Hunt Kim Hudson TV-Movie
1997 The Last Don Nalene De Lena Miniseries
The Hired Heart Garnet Hadley TV-Movie
Merry Christmas, George Bailey Mary Hatch Bailey TV-Movie
1998 Rhapsody in Bloom Lilah Bloom TV-Movie
Ruby Bridges Barbara Henry TV-Movie
The Closer Erica Hewitt 10 episodes
1999 Rocky Marciano Barbara Cousins TV-Movie
2000 All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story Mary Kay Letourneau TV-Movie
Killing Moon Laura Chadwick TV-Movie
2001 Dodson's Journey Meredith Dodson TV-Movie
A Woman's a Helluva Thing Zane Douglas TV-Movie
2002 Dead in a Heartbeat Dr. Gillian Hayes TV-Movie
A Nero Wolfe Mystery Lucy Valdon Episode: "Motherhunt"
Scared Silent Kathy Clifson TV-Movie
2003 Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story Donna Hanover TV-Movie
Thanksgiving Family Reunion Pauline Snider TV-Movie
2003–2004 A Minute with Stan Hooper Molly Hooper 13 episodes
2004 Carry Me Home Harriet TV-Movie
2005 Personal Effects Bonnie Locke TV-Movie
CSI: NY Rose Whitley Episode: "What You See Is What You See"
Desperate Housewives Fran Ferrara Episode: "Coming Home"
2006 Vanished Jessica Nevins 9 episodes
2008 The Deadliest Lesson Gloria TV-Movie
2009–2010 Men of a Certain Age Sonia Tranelli 9 episodes
2013 Mistresses Elizabeth Grey Recurring (9 Episodes)
2014 American Crime Eve

Awards and nominations[edit]Edit

Saturn Award

  • 1995: Nominated, "Best Actress" – The Shadow
  • 1997: Nominated, "Best Actress" – The Relic

Chicago Film Critics Association Award

  • 1991: Won, "Emerging Actress" – The Freshman

DVD Exclusive Awards

  • 2001: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actress" – Full Disclosure

Golden Globe Award

  • 1994: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" – Carlito's Way

Hollywood Film Festival

  • 1998: Won, "Best Acting in a Feature" – Rhapsody in Bloom
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