Born: January 13, 1964
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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), 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).
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. Her mother was the goddaughter of businessman Aristotle Onassis and an editor of Harper's Bazaar. She has an younger sister, Marisa Miller, 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, 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 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 stepdaughter) 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, 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 performed poorly at the box office. 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.
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. On March 14, 2012, Miller filed for legal separation from Huggins after 12 years of marriage. On June 15, 2012, Miller withdrew her request for separation.
|1987||Adventures in Babysitting||Brenda|
|1988||Big Top Pee-wee||Winnie Johnson|
|1988||Miles from Home||Sally|
|1989||Dead Bang||Linda Kimble|
|1990||Freshman, TheThe Freshman||Tina Sabatini|
|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|
|1994||Shadow, TheThe Shadow||Margo Lane|
|1997||Relic, TheThe Relic||Dr. Margo Green|
|1998||Outside Ozona||Earlene Demers|
|2000||Lisa Picard Is Famous||Penelope Ann Miller|
|2000||Forever Lulu||Claire Clifton|
|2001||Along Came a Spider||Elizabeth Rose|
|2006||Funny Money||Carol Perkins|
|2007||Messengers, TheThe Messengers||Denise Solomon|
|2007||The Deal||Laura Martin|
|2008||Free Style||Jeannette Bryant|
|2009||Saving Grace B. Jones||Bea Bretthorst|
|2011||Artist, TheThe Artist||Doris Valentin|
|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|
|2019||Mrs. Burveltuck & the Children||Mrs. Burveltuck|
|2020||Deep Crack||Virginia Indio|
|1988||Tales from Hollywood Hills: Closed Set||Tina|
|1994||Witch Hunt||Kim Hudson|
|1997||Hired Heart, TheThe Hired Heart||Garnet Hadley|
|1997||Merry Christmas, George Bailey||Mary Hatch Bailey|
|1998||Rhapsody in Bloom||Lilah Bloom|
|1998||Ruby Bridges||Barbara Henry|
|1999||Rocky Marciano||Barbara Cousins|
|2000||All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story||Mary Kay Letourneau|
|2000||Killing Moon||Laura Chadwick|
|2001||Dodson's Journey||Meredith Dodson|
|2001||Woman's a Helluva Thing, AA Woman's a Helluva Thing||Zane Douglas|
|2002||Dead in a Heartbeat||Dr. Gillian Hayes|
|2002||Scared Silent||Kathy Clifson|
|2003||Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story||Donna Hanover|
|2003||National Lampoon's Thanksgiving Family Reunion||Pauline Snider|
|2004||Carry Me Home||Harriet|
|2005||Personal Effects||Bonnie Locke|
|2008||Deadliest Lesson, TheThe Deadliest Lesson||Gloria|
|2017||NY Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell||Joyce Mitchell|
|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||6 episodes|
|1987||Miami Vice||Jill Ryder||Episode: "Death and the Lady"|
|1987||St. Elsewhere||Laurel||Episode: "Ewe Can't Go Home Again"|
|1989||Great Performances||Emily Webb||Episode: "Our Town"|
|1991||Morton & Hayes||Jody||Episode: "The Bride of Mummula"|
|1997||Last Don, TheThe Last Don||Nalene De Lena||Episode: "#1.1"|
|1998||Closer, TheThe Closer||Erica Hewitt||10 episodes|
|2002||Nero Wolfe Mystery, AA Nero Wolfe Mystery||Lucy Valdon||2 episodes|
|2003-04||Minute with Stan Hooper, AA Minute with Stan Hooper||Molly Hooper||13 episodes|
|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||9 episodes|
|2009-11||Men of a Certain Age||Sonia Tranelli||9 episodes|
|2013-14||Mistresses||Elizabeth Grey||10 episodes|
|2015||American Crime||Eve Carlin||10 episodes|
|1991||3rd Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Most Promising Actress||
|1994||51st Golden Globe Awards||Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture||
|1995||21st Saturn Awards||Best Actress||
|1997||23rd Saturn Awards||Best Actress||
|1998||2nd Hollywood Film Awards||Special Jury Award for Best Acting in a Feature||
|2001||1st DVD Exclusive Awards||Best Supporting Actress||
|2012||10th Gold Derby Awards||Best Ensemble Cast (shared with Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, and Missi Pyle)||
|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)||