Penelope Ann Miller is an American actress. Viewers know her from the films "Awakening", "Carlito's Way", "The Artist" and "Hello Julie!" Miller mostly played supporting roles. The peak of her fame came in the 1990s.
Penelope Miller was born on January 13, 1964 in Los Angeles. Her father is screenwriter, producer and actor Mark Miller. He wrote the screenplay for Walk in the Clouds and starred in The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He was born in Houston, Texas. Penelope's father was educated at the New York American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Miller's mother is actress and journalist Beatrice. She starred in the drama Lane and the comedy melodrama Ginger in the Morning. Penelope's parents divorced. Mark remarried in 1976. His second wife was the actress from "Streets of San Francisco" Barbara Stanger, who is 24 years younger than Mark (the first wife of the screenwriter was born 13 years later than himself). They also divorced in 1998. Mark and Beatrice, besides Penelope, have 2 more daughters - Marisa and Savannah.
In 1994, Penelope married the American actor Will Arnett, who starred in the film "Suicides: A Love Story" and voiced many cartoons. There were no children in their family. Already in 1995, a divorce took place. Will later married actress Amy Poehler, with whom they have two children. Their marriage lasted not 2 years, but 13 years, but also ended in divorce. Penelope found her happiness in her second marriage. American actor James Patrick Huggins became her husband. The couple have two children.
Penelope began acting in films in the late 1970s. Among her first works was the role of Emily Webb in the famous TV series "Great Shows". She was then invited to play Kristen Morgan in Facts from Life and Joyce in Family Ties. In the early 1980s, St. Elswehr became one of the most successful TV shows starring Penelope Ann Miller. According to the script, interns are being trained in one of the city hospitals. The character of the actress is Laurel.
Then Miller worked in the TV series "Tales of the Dark Side". It received high marks from audiences and critics. A fantastic horror film begins with a boy coming to a cannibal to release his father's obligations. She asks the boy to tell her scary stories in return. In the crime detective Miami Police: Department of Morals, which ran from 1984 to 1989, Penelope got the role of Jill Ryder. The plot revolves around the hard work of the Miami police. Their everyday life consists of investigating terrible crimes. In 1986, Miller was first invited to play a role in a full-length film. She played Mary in the drama Precise Strike. The following year, Miller landed the role of Brenda in the comedy Nanny Adventures. The main character is an inexperienced nanny. Together with her charges, she gets into trouble. The film describes their adventures.
In 1988, Miller played Daisy in Biloxi Blues. The main character, not accustomed to severe trials, ends up in a military camp. Then Penelope got the role of Vinnie in the comedy "Shorty is a big shot" and the role of Sally in the drama "Far From Home". She was later seen as Linda in the action movie Fatal Shot. According to the scenario, a police officer is investigating the murder of an officer. A gang of racists falls under suspicion. Next, Miller was assigned the role of Laurie Mitchell in the movie "Cool District". A young police officer must keep an eye on a dysfunctional area full of drug addicts and criminals.
Since the 1990s, Miller has landed several notable roles. For example, she played Tina in the movie "Newbie". The plot tells about a freshman student. He is studying at the Film Department in New York. Then Miller was lucky to star in the rating film "Awakening". Her character is Paola. The film tells about a doctor who conducts experiments with awakening drugs. The film was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Penelope then played Joyce in Kindergarten Cop and Jody in Morton & Hayes.
In 1991, Penelope was invited to play the role of Kate Sullivan in the movie "Other Money". The picture tells about a broker who specializes in bankruptcy of firms. The melodrama has been shown in many American and European countries. Penelope could be seen as Margaret Harwood in The Year of the Comet and as Betty Lou in the comedy A Gun in Betty Lou's Purse. The heroine Miller is a woman suffering from her husband's lack of attention. There is a murder in her town, and Betty finds a gun in the river. The woman decided to pass herself off as a killer in order to add piquancy and danger to her image. So she hopes to return the attention of her husband.
In 1992, Penelope could be seen as Edna in the movie Chaplin. She later played Gail in Carlito's Way and Margot Lane in The Shadow. In 1994, she was invited to play the role of Kim Handson in the television film Witch Hunt. Her character hires a private detective to keep an eye on her husband. In 1997, Penelope played Dr. Margot Greene in the horror film Relic. According to the scenario, an ancient African relic disappears, after which people begin to disappear. In the same year, she played Rebecca in the drama Lovers, Nalena in the miniseries The Last Don, and Mary Bailey in Merry Christmas, George Bailey.
In the late 1990s, Penelope starred in The Break as Grace, Fatal Companion as Demers, Rocky Marciano. Miller can be seen as Laura in Death Flight. In the story, a virus is raging on board the plane. And not all passengers will reach their destination. Penelope has one of the main roles in this picture. She later appeared as Cassandra in the drama "The Limit of Dreams" and played the main character in the television movie "American Girl: The Story of Mary Kay Letourneau."
In 2001, Penelope was invited to play the role of Meredith in Dodson's Journey. She has starred in such famous TV series as The Secrets of Nero Wolfe and Desperate Housewives, Mistresses and Criminal Minds. Among the most recent works of the actress are the films "Birth of a Nation", "The Bronx Bull" and the series "Riverdale".