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Penelope Spheeris

Penelope Spheeris was born on December 2, 1945 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She is known for her work on Wayne's World (1992), The Little Rascals (1994) and Black Sheep (1996). She was previously married to Robert Biggs. See full bio »
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 2012 The Real St. Nick (TV Movie)
 2011 Five (TV Movie) (segment "Cheyanne")
 2005 The Kid & I
 2004 Cracking Up (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Prom Night (2004)
 2003 The 75th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (segment "Tribute to Documentaries")
 2001 We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll (Documentary)
 2000 Dear Doughboy (TV Movie)
 1999 Hollywierd (Documentary)
 1998 Applewood 911 (TV Movie)
 1998 Senseless
 1996 Black Sheep
 1993 Danger Theatre (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Searcher in the Mist/Sex, Lies & Decaf (1993) ... (segments "Searcher in the Mist", "Sex, Lies & Decaf")
- Move My Lips/Dead Stranger in Paradise (1993) ... (segments "Move My Lips", "Dead Stranger in Paradise")
- Fatal Distraction/Lethal Luau (1993) ... (segment "Fatal Distraction")
 1992 Wayne's World
 1991 UFO Abductions (TV Movie documentary)
 1991 Rap's Most Wanted (Video documentary)
 1991 Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (TV Movie) (segment "3")
 1991 Visitors from the Unknown (TV Movie) (tcm)
 1990 Thunder and Mud (Documentary)
 1987 Dudes
 1983 Suburbia
 1972 I Don't Know (Short)
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Other Works:

Directed a short film shown during the 74th Academy Awards in 2002. See more »

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1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | See more »

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Alternate Names:

P. Spheeris | Penelope 'Bud' Spheeris

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[on why she does documentaries about metal and punk music] "I mean, look, you don't see me making documentaries on Britney Spears, you know what I mean? Sweetheart of a little girl, you know. Or Madonna. That's not my thing. I just like this harder edge stuff. That's just me." See more »


She was the oldest of four children. She often had to look after her siblings because her dad was killed when she was seven and her mom worked several jobs. She often chooses to interview musicians with troubled backgrounds because she feels her background was just as troubled. See more »

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