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Also Known As: Penelope Andrea Miller, Penelope Miller Died:
Born: January 13, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actress, waitress

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Evoking the aura of classic film stars, while clearly imbued with modern sensibilities, actress Penelope Ann Miller was one of the most sought-after leading ladies of the 1990s. After gaining notice on television and Broadway, she reprised her breakthrough stage role in the film version of Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" (1988) opposite star Matthew Broderick. Following screen appearances alongside such diverse leading men as Paul Reubens and Richard Gere, Miller inundated screens with a stream of high-profile projects that included the mob comedy "The Freshman" (1990), the inspirational fact-based drama "Awakenings" (1990), and the comedic action romp "Kindergarten Cop" (1990). A Golden Globe-nominated performance opposite Al Pacino in the crime drama "Carlito's Way" (1993) preceded the less revered pulp hero adventure "The Shadow" (1994) and the monster movie "The Relic" (1997). Leading lady roles in feature films gradually gave way to more television work in efforts such as "Mary Kay Letourneau: All-American Girl" (USA: 2000) and episodes of "A Nero Wolfe Mystery" (A&E, 2001-02). An exceptionally difficult accomplishment, Miller successfully transitioned from sparkling newcomer to seasoned supporting...

Evoking the aura of classic film stars, while clearly imbued with modern sensibilities, actress Penelope Ann Miller was one of the most sought-after leading ladies of the 1990s. After gaining notice on television and Broadway, she reprised her breakthrough stage role in the film version of Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" (1988) opposite star Matthew Broderick. Following screen appearances alongside such diverse leading men as Paul Reubens and Richard Gere, Miller inundated screens with a stream of high-profile projects that included the mob comedy "The Freshman" (1990), the inspirational fact-based drama "Awakenings" (1990), and the comedic action romp "Kindergarten Cop" (1990). A Golden Globe-nominated performance opposite Al Pacino in the crime drama "Carlito's Way" (1993) preceded the less revered pulp hero adventure "The Shadow" (1994) and the monster movie "The Relic" (1997). Leading lady roles in feature films gradually gave way to more television work in efforts such as "Mary Kay Letourneau: All-American Girl" (USA: 2000) and episodes of "A Nero Wolfe Mystery" (A&E, 2001-02). An exceptionally difficult accomplishment, Miller successfully transitioned from sparkling newcomer to seasoned supporting player over the course of an impressively consistent career, marked by frequent collaboration with some of film and television's most respected creative forces.

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 Bronx Bull, The (2014)
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 Saving Lincoln (2013)
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 Flipped (2010)
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 Free Style (2009)
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 Messengers, The (2007)
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 Blonde Ambition (2007)
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 Funny Money (2006)
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Raised in Paris and Los Angeles
1982:
Moved to New York City at the age of 18
1984:
Appeared in three episodes of the CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light"
1985:
Made Broadway debut opposite Matthew Broderick in Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues"
1987:
Made feature acting debut in "Adventures in Babysitting"
1987:
TV series debut as Gwen Stottlemeyer on the short-lived CBS sitcom "The Popcorn Kid"
1988:
Reprised stage role for Mike Nichols' film version of "Biloxi Blues"
1989:
Played Emily Webb in a Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town"; earned a Tony nomination (aired on PBS as part of the "Great Performances" series)
1990:
Co-starred with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams in the Oscar-nominated film, "Awakenings"
1990:
Played Marlon Brando's daughter in "The Freshman"; also re-teamed with Matthew Broderick
1990:
Co-starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Ivan Reitman comedy, "Kindergarten Cop"
1992:
Portrayed silent-screen actress Edna Purviance, opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the title role of "Chaplin"
1993:
Played the female lead opposite Al Pacino in Brian DePalma's "Carlito's Way"
1994:
Cast opposite Alec Baldwin in "The Shadow"
1997:
Played the leading role in the big-budget "The Relic"
1997:
Had featured role in the CBS miniseries "Mario Puzo's 'The Last Don'"
1999:
Portrayed scandalous teacher Mary Kay Letourneau in the USA TV-movie, "All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story"
2001:
Co-starred with Angus Macfadyen in "A Woman's a Helluva Thing"
2002:
Cast in the TNT movie "Dead in a Heartbeat"
2002:
Appeared in a two-part episode of the A&E series "A Nero Wolfe Mystery"
2006:
Cast in the Fox drama "Vanished" as the senator's ex-wife
2007:
Co-starred in the film adaptation of "Funny Money" with Chevy Chase
2007:
Appeared in the supernatural thriller "The Messengers"
2009:
Cast in a recurring role on TNT drama "Men of a Certain Age"
2010:
Appeared in the coming-of-age drama "Flipped," based on Wendelin Van Draanen's novel of the same name
2011:
Cast in the critically acclaimed black-and-white, nearly silent film "The Artist"
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Education

Menlo College: Menlo Park , California -
HB Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

Referring to the roles she typically plays in Hollywood, Miller echoes the feelings of many actresses when she notes, "I'm the subplot. I'm the one they come home to. I don't mind it, but I'm never really part of the action." --From Premiere, March 1990.

"She has a quality that reminds me of some old-time movie stars--very funny and classy and sexy without the sex; it's kind of the one-foot-on-the-floor concept." --Miller's friend musician Kelly Coleman (daughter of actor Dabney Coleman), quoted in Premiere, September 1991.

"He brought out a certain womanliness, a sexuality, a passion in me. I think I always knew I had it in me, but he brought out a real fire." --Miller commenting on her relationship with actor Al Pacino, to People, December 6, 1993.

"I look for characters with complexity, with a story of their own, I am not interested in playing any sex object to a male character." --Miller on how she chooses a role, quoted in New York Newsday, November 17, 1993.

"I always want to play a woman who, one way or another, is a strong character, who has dimension, who isn't stereotyped, and who has something to do, other than being the girlfriend or the wife." --quoted in Daily News, October 13, 1997.

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companion:
Matthew Broderick. Actor. Dated when they both appeared in "Biloxi Blues" on stage.
companion:
Woody Harrelson. Actor. Dated c. 1985.
companion:
Al Pacino. Actor. Were romantically involved during and after filming of "Carlito's Way" (1993).
husband:
Will Arnett. Actor. Married in December 1994; filed for divorce in February 1995.
husband:
James Patrick Huggins. Investment counselor. Born in March 1963; married in 2000; son of actress Adele Mara and producer Roy Huggins.
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father:
Mark Miller. Actor, screenwriter. Appeared as the father in the 1960s sitcom "Please Don't Eat the Daisies"; divorced from Miller's mother c. 1974.
mother:
Bea Ammidown. Yoga instructor, former journalist. Former editor for <i>Harper's Bazaar</i> born c. 1938; goddaughter of Aristotle Onassis; divorced from Miller's father c. 1974.
sister:
Marisa Miller. Older.
sister:
Savannah Miller. Younger.
daughter:
Eloisa May Huggins. Born on December 10, 2000.
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