Penelope Ann Miller

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Penelope Ann Miller
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Born
Penelope Andrea Miller

(1964-01-13) January 13, 1964 (age 57)
Other namesPenelope Miller
Occupation Actress
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1994;div. 1995)

James Huggins
(m. 2000)
Children2

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 received 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), 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 a starring role in The Relic (1997) and supporting roles in Chaplin (1992), Along Came a Spider (2001), and The Artist (2011).

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Early life

Miller was born in Los Angeles, California, the eldest 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 two sisters: older, Marisa Miller, [3] who is also a film actress, and younger, Savannah Miller, a social worker.

Miller graduated from high school in Los Angeles and attended Menlo College in Atherton, California for two years from 1981 to 1983, then moved to New York City to study theatre at HB Studio. [4]

Career

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 also starred 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 . She played a supporting role in 1989's "Dead Bang", a cop thriller starring Don Johnson.

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, playing 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 as the love interest of Al Pacino's character in Carlito's Way .

Miller co-starred as the daughter of the character played by Marlon Brando in 1990's The Freshman , again opposite Matthew Broderick, and as the lawyer and stepdaughter of the character played by Gregory Peck in 1991's Other People's Money . She 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, Miller starred in the film Dead in a Heartbeat and 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, which is considered as a brilliant & cult film for its writing and for the many references it has. [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] She 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 Academy Award-winning film The Artist .

After a recurring role on the ABC soap series Mistresses , Miller was cast in 2015 as a regular in the first season of ABC's drama series American Crime . [11]

In October 2020, Miller was cast as First Lady Nancy Reagan in Reagan , an upcoming 2021 biographical film based on the life of President Ronald Reagan. [12]

Personal life

In 1994, Miller married actor Will Arnett. They divorced in 1995. [13]

On May 28, 2000, Miller married James Huggins, the son of The Fugitive creator Roy Huggins. They have two daughters: Eloisa May, born December 10, 2000, and Maria Adela, born March 23, 2009. [14] On March 14, 2012, Miller filed for legal separation from Huggins after 12 years of marriage. [15] On June 15, 2012, Miller withdrew her request for separation. [16]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987 Hotshot MaryFilm debut
1987 Adventures in Babysitting Brenda
1988 Biloxi Blues Daisy Hannigan
1988 Big Top Pee-wee Winnie Johnson
1988 Miles from Home Sally
1989 Dead Bang Linda Kimble
1990 Downtown Lori Mitchell
1990 The 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 The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Mrs. Elizabeth Louise "Betty Lou" Perkins
1992 Chaplin Edna Purviance
1993 Carlito's Way Gail
1994 The Shadow Margo Lane
1997 The Relic Dr. Margo Green
1997 Little City Rebecca
1998 Break Up Grace
1998 Outside Ozona Earlene Demers
1999Chapter ZeroCassandra
2000 Lisa Picard Is Famous Penelope Ann Miller
2000 Forever Lulu Claire Clifton
2001 Along Came a Spider Elizabeth Rose
2001 Full Disclosure MichelleVideo
2006 Funny Money Carol Perkins
2007 The Messengers Denise Solomon
2007The DealLaura Martin
2007 Blonde Ambition Debra
2008 Free Style Jeannette Bryant
2009 Saving Grace B. Jones Bea Bretthorst
2010 Flipped Trina Baker
2011 The 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 The Bronx Bull Debbie Forrester
2018 American Dresser Vera
2021 Reagan Nancy Reagan Filming [17] [18]

Television films

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988Tales from Hollywood Hills: Closed SetTina
1994 Witch Hunt Kim Hudson
1997 The Hired Heart Garnet Hadley
1997 Merry Christmas, George Bailey Mary Hatch Bailey
1998Rhapsody in BloomLilah Bloom
1998 Ruby Bridges Barbara Henry
1999 Rocky Marciano Barbara Cousins
2000 All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story Mary Kay Letourneau
2000Killing MoonLaura Chadwick
2001Dodson's JourneyMeredith Dodson
2001A Woman's a Helluva ThingZane Douglas
2002 Dead in a Heartbeat Dr. Gillian Hayes
2002Scared SilentKathy Clifson
2003 Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story Donna Hanover
2003 National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion Pauline Snider
2004Carry Me HomeHarriet
2005Personal EffectsBonnie Locke
2008The Deadliest LessonGloria
2017NY Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce MitchellJoyce Mitchell
2019 The College Admissions Scandal Caroline DeVere [19]

Television series

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985 Tales from the Darkside KeenaEpisode: "Ring Around the Redhead"
1987 The Facts of Life Kristen MorganEpisode: "The Greek Connection"
1987 Family Ties JoyceEpisode: "Higher Love"
1987 The Popcorn Kid Gwen Stottlemeyer6 episodes
1987 Miami Vice Jill RyderEpisode: "Death and the Lady"
1987 St. Elsewhere LaurelEpisode: "Ewe Can't Go Home Again"
1989 Great Performances Emily WebbEpisode: "Our Town"
1991 Morton & Hayes JodyEpisode: "The Bride of Mummula"
1997 The Last Don Nalene De LenaEpisode: "#1.1"
1998 The Closer Erica Hewitt10 episodes
2002 A Nero Wolfe Mystery Lucy Valdon2 episodes
2003–04 A Minute with Stan Hooper Molly Hooper13 episodes
2005 CSI: NY Rose WhitleyEpisode: "What You See Is What You Get"
2005 Desperate Housewives Fran FerraraEpisode: "Coming Home"
2006 Vanished Jessica Nevins9 episodes
2009–11 Men of a Certain Age Sonia Tranelli9 episodes
2013–14 Mistresses Elizabeth Grey10 episodes
2015 American Crime Eve Carlin10 episodes
2018 Riverdale Ms. Wright1 episode
2018 Criminal Minds Dr. Elizabeth Rhodes1 episode

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
1991 3rd Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actress
The Freshman
Won
1994 51st Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Carlito's Way
Nominated
1995 21st Saturn Awards Best Actress
The Shadow
Nominated
1997 23rd Saturn Awards Best Actress
The Relic
Nominated
19982nd Hollywood Film Awards Special Jury Award for Best Acting in a Feature
Rhapsody in Bloom
Won
20011st DVD Exclusive Awards Best Supporting Actress
Full Disclosure
Nominated
201210th Gold Derby AwardsBest Ensemble Cast (shared with Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, and Missi Pyle)
The Artist
Nominated
18th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (shared with Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell, Jean Dujardin, and John Goodman)Nominated
2016 20th Satellite Awards Best Ensemble – Television Series (shared with W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Regina King, Benito Martinez, Elvis Nolasco, and Johnny Ortiz)
American Crime
Won

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