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).
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. Her mother was businessman Aristotle Onassis's goddaughter and an editor of Harper's Bazaar. She has an older 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, 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.
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.
|Adventures in Babysitting||Brenda|
|Big Top Pee-wee||Winnie Johnson|
|Miles from Home||Sally|
|1989||Dead Bang||Linda Kimble|
|The Freshman||Tina Sabatini|
|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|
|1994||The Shadow||Margo Lane|
|1997||The Relic||Dr. Margo Green|
|Outside Ozona||Earlene Demers|
|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|
|2008||Free Style||Jeannette Bryant|
|2009||Saving Grace B. Jones||Bea Bretthorse|
|Saving Lincoln||Mary Todd Lincoln|
|2013||The Bronx Bull||Debbie Forrester|
|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)|
- 1995: Nominated, "Best Actress" – The Shadow
- 1997: Nominated, "Best Actress" – The Relic
- 1991: Won, "Emerging Actress" – The Freshman
- 2001: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actress" – Full Disclosure
- 1994: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" – Carlito's Way
- 1998: Won, "Best Acting in a Feature" – Rhapsody in Bloom