Stage-trained Penelope Milford made her feature debut in Frank Perry's "Man on a Swing" (1974) and three years later earned an Academy Award nomination (Best Supporting Actress) as Jane Fonda's fellow hospital worker keeping an eye on her brother (Robert Caradine) in Hal Ashby's "Coming Home." She acted in a couple of turkeys for distinguished directors Ken Russell ("Valentino" 1977) and Franco Zeffirelli ("Endless Love" 1981) but landed work in quality projects for the small screen: "Seizure: The Story of Kathy Morris" (CBS, 1980), in which she played the titular singer who nearly died as a result of brain surgery; "Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story" (CBS, 1982), as sister Betty Clooney; and "The Burning Bed" (NBC, 1984), one of the highest rated TV movies of all time. Although her appearances have been sporadic, Milford portrayed one of the adults in the outrageous black comedy "Heathers" (1989) and also acted in John McNaughton's "Normal Life" (HBO, 1996).
Cast (Feature Film)
Feature debut in Frank Perry's "Man on a Swing"
Earned an Oscar nomination (Supporting Actress) as Jane Fonda's fellow hospital worker keeping an eye on her brother (Robert Carradine) in Hal Ashby's "Coming Home"
Portrayed Martha Anne Sickenger in "The Oldest Living Graduate", an NBC special starring Henry Fonda; broadcast live from the Meadows School of the Arts of Southern Methodist University
Starred in the title role of "Seizure: The Story of Kathy Morris" (CBS)
Appeared in "Take This Job and Shove It" and "Endless Love"
Played Rosemary's sister Betty in "Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story" (CBS)
Portrayed Steve Railsbeck's wife in "The Golden Seal"
Acted in acclaimed NBC movie "The Burning Bed", starring Farrah Fawcett
Played Pauline Fleming in Michael Lehmann's black comedy "Heathers"
Had supporting role as Eileen in "Cold Justice" (a straight-to-video release in the US), starring Roger Daltry
Portrayed Adele Anderson in John McNaughton's "Normal Life" (HBO)