Born: January 7, 1962
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hallie Todd (born Hallie Jane Eckstein; January 7, 1962) is an American actress, producer and writer, known for her roles as Penny Waters on Brothers and as Jo McGuire on Lizzie McGuire.
Todd was born in Los Angeles, California, the second child of actress Ann Morgan Guilbert and writer/producer George Eckstein. Her mother carried her to term while appearing on The Dick Van Dyke Show, although the pregnancy was not part of the story line and was covered up with loose fit clothing and close up camera angles. Her older sister, Nora Eckstein, was an actress and talent agent and coach. She has a younger half sister, Jennifer (daughter of George Eckstein and Selette Cole). Todd attended Palisades Charter High School and the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.
She played a homeless character, “The Kid,” on a Christmas episode of Growing Pains. She played Penny Waters, the daughter of fictional former football player Joe Waters on the Showtime comedy series Brothers, which is her longest lasting role. In 1990, a year after Brothers left the air, Todd moved into her next sitcom role as spunky writer-and-aspiring-comedian Kate Griffin on Going Places.
Later roles include Lal, Data's "daughter" on the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Offspring;" Blanche's niece, Lucy, on The Golden Girls episode "Nice and Easy;" the mother in the Disney Channel original movie The Ultimate Christmas Present; Hilda's and Zelda’s cousin Marigold, Amanda's mother, on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; and as Lizzie's mother, Jo McGuire, on Lizzie McGuire.
She appeared in seven episodes of Murder, She Wrote, all but one as "Rhoda Markowitz", assistant to Keith Michell's suave sleuth, Dennis Stanton. Todd starred in the feature film The Mooring, which she co-wrote with her husband and daughter. The film was released on DVD, digital download and Video on Demand on February 19, 2013. Todd is the co-founder of the film production company In House Media and also teaches acting classes and privately coaches.
In 2016, Todd was seen starring in Universal's American Girl: Lea to the Rescue. She was cast in The Last Champion, and will executive produce and perform in the film. Her husband, Glenn Withrow, is set to direct the project. He and Todd co-wrote the screenplay along with their daughter, Ivy Withrow, VP of Development for the company. In House Media Film Partners was born when Todd and Withrow were inspired to create a family production company after Withrow's experiences working with Francis Ford Coppola on five films, starting with The Outsiders.
Todd has been married to director/producer Glenn Withrow since 1991. The couple have a daughter, Ivy.
|1984||Sam's Son||Cathy Stanton|
|1986||Check Is in the Mail, TheThe Check Is in the Mail||Robin Jackson|
|2003||Lizzie McGuire Movie, TheThe Lizzie McGuire Movie||Jo McGuire|
|2012||Mooring, TheThe Mooring||Nancy|
|2016||Lea to the Rescue||Carol Clark|
|2017||Last Champion, TheThe Last Champion||Melinda||Pre-production|
|1976||Sara||Emma Higgins||TV series|
|1977||Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night||Babysitter||TV film|
|1980||Family||Marci Murdock||"Daylight Serenade"|
|1983||Who Will Love My Children?||Joann Fray||TV film|
|1983||ABC Afterschool Special||Brenda||"Have You Ever Been Ashamed of Your Parents?"|
|1983||Best of Times, TheThe Best of Times||Patti Eubanks||Main role|
|1984-89||Brothers||Penny Waters||Main role|
|1985||Highway to Heaven||Cindy DeGeralimo||"Cindy"|
|1986||Golden Girls, TheThe Golden Girls||Lucy||"Nice and Easy"|
|1986||Growing Pains||The Kid||"The Kid"|
|1988||HeartBeat||Allison||"To Heal a Doctor"|
|1989||Murder, She Wrote||Moira McShane||"Class Act"|
|1990-91||Murder, She Wrote||Rhoda Markowitz||Recurring role|
|1990||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Lal||"The Offspring"|
|1990-91||Going Places||Kate Griffin||Main role|
|1992||Laurie Hill||Ellen Maddox||"The Heart Thing"|
|1992||Brooklyn Bridge||Miss Chapin||"In the Still of the Night"|
|1996||Murder One||Monica Reese||"Chapter 18"|
|1996||Diagnosis: Murder||Susan Stimpson||"Left-Handed Murder"|
|1996-97||Life with Roger||Lanie Clark||Main role|
|1998||Two of a Kind||Marci||"Breaking Them Up Is Hard to Do"|
|1999||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Marigold||"Sabrina the Matchmaker"|
|2000||Ultimate Christmas Present, TheThe Ultimate Christmas Present||Michelle Thompson||TV film|
|2001-04||Lizzie McGuire||Joanne "Jo" McGuire||Main role|
|2003||Kim Possible||Summer Gale (voice)||"Day of the Snowmen", "Rufus vs. Commodore Puddles"|
|2003||National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion||Jill Snider||TV film|
|2004||Malcolm in the Middle||Miss Shaw||"Dirty Magazine"|
|2005||Brandy & Mr. Whiskers||Dr. Phyliss (voice)||"Freaky Tuesday"|
In between her acting roles, Todd wrote two books, Being Young Actors and Parenting The Young Actor.