Penelope is the middle of three daughters born to Mark Miller, best known as the father on "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" (1965) and later a writer and filmmaker, who wrote A Walk in the Clouds (1995), and Beatrice Miller, who worked for Diana Vreeland as a fashion editor for "Harper's Bazaar" magazine and, later, a journalist for "Life" magazine. She now is a yoga instructor with a non-profit for the disabled called "The Yogability Institute". Her older sister, Marisa Miller, is also an actress, and younger sister, Savannah Miller, is a social worker and a representative for Arbonne skin-care products.
At age 15, she was in a car accident when their family was going on a ski trip. This left her with a barely noticeable scar on her right cheek.
She graduated from high school in L.A. and moved to New York at 18, where she studied theater. Her big break was on Broadway, when she was cast in Neil Simon's 1985's Tony award-winning play, "Biloxi Blues", opposite Matthew Broderick. In 1988, she starred in "Great Performances: Our Town" (1989), with Eric Stoltz and Spalding Gray, and was nominated for a Tony award for her performance as "Emily". In 1990, she moved into films.
Penelope Ann Miller has shared the screen with some of the most notable and renowned leading men and directors in Hollywood. This distinguished list includes Al Pacino and Sean Penn in director 'Brian de Palma''s Carlito's Way (1993), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination; Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick in The Freshman (1990), directed by Andrew Bergman; Robert De Niro and Robin Williams in Penny Marshall's Awakenings (1990); Robert Downey Jr. in Sir Richard Attenborough's Chaplin (1992); Danny DeVito and Gregory Peck in Norman Jewison's Other People's Money (1991); Matthew Broderick and Christopher Walken in Mike Nichols' Biloxi Blues (1988); and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Ivan Reitman's Kindergarten Cop (1990).
And, now to add to that distinguished list, Rob Reiner, in his latest film, Flipped (2010), which he wrote and directed and will be released by Warner Brothers in summer 2010. She can now be seen opposite Ray Romano as his recently separated wife in the critically-acclaimed, "Men of a Certain Age" (2009) on TNT, which has just been picked up for a second season. Miller also stars in Avi Arad's (Iron Man (2008), Spider-Man (2002)) upcoming science fiction adventure, Cody the Robosapien (2013). Last year, she starred in Samuel Goldwyn's Free Style (2008), alongside Corbin Bleu (High School Musical (2006) (TV), 2 & 3); and the independent 1950s drama, Saving Grace B. Jones (2009), based on a true-life event from the life of writer/director Connie Stevens, which will be opening the Sedona Film Festival in February of 2010.
Miller's recent credits also include Sony Pictures' box office hit, The Messengers (2007), which opened #1. The supernatural thriller was produced by Sam Raimi. Miller starred opposite Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga), John Corbett and Dylan McDermott. She also starred in Think Films' slapstick comedy, Funny Money (2006), opposite Chevy Chase, in which her performance was compared to Lucille Ball and Carole Lombard in their heydays.
Miller was named "Star of Tomorrow" by the Motion Picture Bookers Club and "Most Promising Actress" by the Chicago Film Critics Association. She received a special jury award for Best Performance at the Hollywood Film Festival for her role in the independent feature, Rhapsody in Bloom (1998) (TV), and a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of "Emily" in Broadway's Tony-winning revival of "Our Town". Miller's television credits include Rocky Marciano (1999) (TV), opposite Jon Favreau and George C. Scott; "The Last Don" (1997), opposite Joe Mantegna; Mary Kay Letourneau: All American Girl (2000) (TV), for which she won critical acclaim, and Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story (2003) (TV), opposite James Woods.
Miller left her native Los Angeles when she was 18 and moved to New York, where she studied acting at HB Studios under Herbert Berghof. Two years later, Miller got her big break on Broadway when she originated the role of "Daisy Hanningan" in Neil Simon's Tony Award-winning play, "Biloxi Blues". Later, she would reprise her role in Universal's film version, directed by Mike Nichols.
Miller currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.
|James Patrick Huggins||(28 May 2000 - present) 2 children|
|Will Arnett||(9 December 1994 - 18 January 1995) (divorced)|
Was nominated for Broadway's 1989 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for a revival of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town."
Her older sister Marisa Miller is an actress and set decorator, and younger sister Savannah Miller is a social worker and a representative for Arbonne skin care products who lives in Washington state.
Stepdaughter of Barbara Stanger.
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Filed for legal separation from her 2nd husband of 11 years James Patrick Huggins. [March 14, 2012]
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 36, a daughter Eloisa May Huggins on Decemebr 10, 2000. Child's father is her 2nd husband, James Patrick Huggins.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 45, a daughter Maria Adela Huggins on March 23, 2009. Child's father is her 2nd husband, James Patrick Huggins.
Dismissed her request for legal separation from her 2nd husband of 12 years James Huggins after a 6-month-long separation. [June 15, 2012]
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