Jan. 13th, 1964
Los Angeles, California, USA
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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 early 1990s, and has continued to appear in supporting roles in both film and television.
Born in Los Angeles, the middle daughter of Beatrice (née Ammidown), a costume designer, publicist, and journalist, and Mark Miller, a television actor and producer. Her mother was Aristotle Onassis's god-daughter 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 (aged 18) 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).
Miller's film debut came in 1987 in Adventures in Babysitting. She took 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 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).
Miller married actor 'Will Arnett' (1994). They divorced in (1995). Then she married James Huggins (May 28, 2000) and had her first child, Eloisa May, (b. December 10, 2000). Miller gave birth to her second child, Maria Adela, (b. March 23, 2009).
Miller filed for legal separation from Huggins (March 14, 2012) after 12 years of marriage. Miller withdrew her request for separation (June 15, 2012).
- Her older sister 'Marisa Miller (I)' (qv) is an actress and set decorator, and younger sister 'Savannah Miller' (qv) is a social worker and a representative for Arbonne skin care products who lives in Washington state.
- Father is 'Mark Miller (I)' (qv), best known as the father on _"Please Don't Eat the Daisies" (1965)_ (qv). Was also a writer and filmmaker (_A Walk in the Clouds (1995)_ (qv)). Mother is 'Bea Ammidown' (qv).
- Has acted with all three stars of the Godfather Saga ('Marlon Brando' (qv) in _The Freshman (1990)_ (qv), 'Robert De Niro' (qv) in _Awakenings (1990)_ (qv), and 'Al Pacino' (qv) in _Carlito's Way (1993)_ (qv).
- Children: (with 'James Patrick Huggins' (qv)) Eloisa May Huggins (b. December 10, 2000, in Santa Monica at 7lbs 6oz) and Maria Adela Huggins (b. March 23, 2009, in Los Angeles, California).
- Was nominated for Broadway's 1989 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for a revival of 'Thornton Wilder' (qv)'s "Our Town."
- Second child, daughter Maria Adela Huggins, was born March 23, 2009, in Los Angeles.
- Dated 'Al Pacino' (qv).
- Stepdaughter of 'Barbara Stanger' (qv).