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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NamePenelope Andrea Miller
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Penelope Ann Miller is an acclaimed and diverse actor, who has stood the test of time, working in every medium and genre, with some of the most legendary actors and directors of all time.

Most recently she took on the role of Elizabeth Turner in the controversial true story of Nat Turner's 1831 slave rebellion, "The Birth of a Nation", which won rave reviews and The Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

She starred in 2012's Academy Award winning Best Picture, The Artist, opposite Best Actor Oscar winner Jean Dujardin. The black & white silent film that took the awards season by storm winning 5 Academy Awards, 7 BAFTA's and 3 Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture among many others. Miller was also recognized for her work in the ensemble category with nominations at the SAG and Critic's Choice Awards. She was recently honored with Career Achievement Awards at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival and the Sarasota Film Festival where they showcased her respected body of work from the past 25 years.

Penelope 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 for which she received a Golden Globe nomination; Marlon Brando and Matthew Broderick in The Freshman directed by Andrew Bergman; Robert De Niro and Robin Williams in Penny Marshall's Awakenings; Robert Downey Jr. in Sir Richard Attenborough's Chaplin; Danny DeVito and Gregory Peck in Norman Jewison's Other People's Money; Matthew Broderick & Christopher Walken in Mike Nichols' Biloxi Blues; and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Ivan Reitman's Kindergarten Cop.

Television credits include the critically acclaimed and award winning ABC drama, American Crime, opposite Emmy winners Felicity Huffman and Regina King, TNT's Men of a Certain Age opposite Ray Romano; ABC's Mistresses, and just recently, in Lifetime's, ripped from the headlines, "NY Prison Break: The Seduction Of Joyce Mitchell," transforming herself into the upstate NY small town mom and prison seamstress, who aided to convicted killers in their audacious jailbreak and is now serving 7 years in prison.

Among her many accolades, Miller received a special jury award for Best Performance at the Hollywood Film Festival Awards for her role in the independent feature Rhapsody in Bloom. She was named, Star of Tomorrow by The Motion Picture Bookers Club, Most Promising Actress by The Chicago Film Critics Association, and received a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of 'Emily' in Broadway's Tony-winning revival of Our Town. Miller's other credits include Rocky Marciano opposite Jon Favreau and George C. Scott, The Last Don opposite Joe Montegna, The Mary Kay Letourneau Story for which she won critical acclaim, Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story opposite James Woods, Rob Reiner's flipped and Sam Raimi's box office hit, The Messengers, opposite Kristen Stewart.

Miller left her native Los Angeles when she was 18 and moved to New York, where she studied acting at HB Studios under Herbert Berghoff. 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 opposite Matthew Broderick. 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: MPE

Spouse (2)

James Patrick Huggins (28 May 2000 - present) ( 2 children)
Will Arnett (9 December 1994 - 18 January 1995) ( divorced)

Trivia (13)

Father is Mark Miller, best known as the father on Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1965). Was also a writer and filmmaker (A Walk in the Clouds (1995)). Mother is Beatrice Miller.
Has acted with three of the major leading actors from the Godfather Saga (Marlon Brando in The Freshman (1990), Robert De Niro in Awakenings (1990), and Al Pacino in Carlito's Way (1993), and appeared in two documentaries with fourth major leading actor James Caan, in Brando (2007) (which was about Marlon Brando and included archive footage of Brando) and on an Arnold Schwarzenegger profile, which ran on the Bio Channel.
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 is Marisa Miller and younger sister is Savannah Miller.
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Has co-starred in two movies dealing with silent cinema. She played Edna Purviance in Richard Attenborough's Chaplin (1992) and later co-starred in The Artist (2011).
Has two daughters, Eloisa May Huggins (b. December 10, 2000) and Maria Adela Huggins (b. March 23, 2009), with her husband James Patrick Huggins.
Filed for legal separation from James Patrick Huggins in March 2012. Filed to withdraw legal separation request from March 2012 on June 15, 2012.
Half-sister-in-law of Katherine Crawford, who is daughter of Roy Huggins by Huggins' first marriage to Bonnie Porter, and Frank Price.
Sister-in-law of John Huggins, Erica Huggins and Thomas Huggins, older brothers of her husband.
Half aunt of Roy Price, who is son of half-sister-in-law Katherine Crawford.
Daughter-in-law of Roy Huggins and Adele Mara.
Half-sister-in-law of Bret Huggins, who is half-brother of her husband James Patrick Huggins.

Personal Quotes (14)

I look to longevity. I just consider myself an actress and getting good roles. If being a 'superstar' gets me good roles, then that's a positive thing. But my goal isn't just to be a superstar. It's to act for a long time.
Luckily because I had a family and children, my priorities changed. I mean, I'm very passionate about my work but I have other interests and other things that balance my life.
The whole point is to hook people and keep them interested.
If there's something decent going in television, the mediums now are kind of equal. Television has become much higher quality.
Now I'm the go-to-girl for silent films.
There are great characters on television.
The film business has changed so dramatically from when I started.
Harvey Weinstein bought our film, and he's an animal. He's got us out there campaigning and everything because honestly it's a silent black-and-white film.
I had a family, I had children, I got married. My ambition changed.
The thing is, you don't want to overact or be full of yourself.
I did not get Botox because you wouldn't see any expression in my face. Hopefully it has paid off.
I don't want to work all of the time.
I'm just looking for a kind of project that will have a decent role and is something that I'll really enjoy doing. There are a lot more opportunities in television.
Now with tabloids and seeing people walking around in sweats pumping gas you're like, Okay, they're just like us.

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